Transparency International (TI) has published a survey on the transparency of national football federations around the world which contains several incorrections about the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), the HNS said in a press release on Thursday.
TI said the HNS’s financial reports were not publicly available and that the HNS did not publish annual reports on its activities.
The survey covered 209 national federations in FIFA based on four criteria – financial reports, disciplinary rules, statutes, and information on activities – and the HNS is among the 31% of federations with the best result, but TI failed to note that the HNS also meets the criteria that TI said it did not, the HNS said.
The HNS said its financial reports were publicly available at the Financial Agency and the register of non-profit organisations, and that it regularly informs the public and the media about all of its activities concerning investments and the spending of FIFA and UEFA funds for football fields, grassroot projects and donations.
The HNS reiterated that it did not spend taxpayers’ money as indirectly claimed by TI director Cobus de Swardt, and that its commercial contracts with partners contained provisions on data confidentiality.