Let's be clear, CFA

Updated: 2013-07-05 21:22


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The Chinese Football Association recently dismissed José Antonio Camacho, the coach of China's national soccer team, and may spend more than 76.5 million yuan ($12.4 million) to replace. But Beijing News, in a Friday column, asks: Where is the money coming from? Excerpts below:

The sacking of coach Camacho must be one of the most expensive in China. According to reports, Dalian Wanda Group will have to compensate him about ?6.45 million plus tax — and that's only half of the total compensation Camacho will be receiving. The total sum might exceed 76.5 million yuan.

The association, saying its move was a "business secret", is refusing to release any detailed information about the sacking.

The association would be right if it is a purely business entity. But the Chinese Football Association will never be one. Its primary leaders are State officials, while its main source of revenue comes from taxpayers. Maybe one part of its spending needs to be kept secret, but a "business secret" should not be used as an excuse to misspend the taxpayers' money.

In other words, the public is paying for the compensation owed Camacho and it should not be kept in the dark. Furthermore, the officials that are responsible for the failure of football should pay with their positions.