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Football Association Apologizes to Icelandic Nation

The Football Association of Iceland (KSÍ) has issued an apology to the Icelandic nation, the football movement and its member associations for mistakes made by KSÍ’s financial director in 2005, when ISK 3 million (USD 24,000, EUR 16,000) from the association’s credit card were spent at a strip club in Zürich.

KSÍ’s financial director Pálmi Jónsson was in Zürich on a work-related trip and went to a strip club during his private time.

Jónsson was carrying the association’s credit card, and although he claims it was used without his knowledge, the fact is that ISK millions of KSÍ’s money were spent at the strip club, including ISK hundreds of thousands on bottles of champagne, Fréttabladid reports.

Considering that Jónsson repaid the money and was reprimanded by the board of KSÍ shortly after these events took place, KSÍ is not planning to do anything else about his case.

The affair first made the headlines in Iceland earlier this month after the Swiss media picked up the story as Jónsson was pursuing his rights in Swiss courts, suing the strip club for fraud. The case created quite a fuss in Iceland.

The Feminist Association of Iceland condemns Jónsson’s behavior and has demanded that he be fired from his position, and that the entire KSÍ board resigns.

KSÍ’s declaration concluded that good morals are important in the work of the sports movement but that it is also important to look ahead, forgive and learn from the mistakes that were made.

KSÍ board member Ingibjörg Hinriksdóttir had earlier criticized the association for how it had handled the affair but last night she said she agrees with the declaration.

The managing director of the Zürich strip club was cleared of Jónsson’s charges, although he was given a provisory prison sentence for forgery and tax evasion in relation to another case.

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