Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) director Lawrence Yu Kam-kee yesterday warned the government to minimise intervention in the association's affairs to avoid incurring the wrath of Fifa. Yu, speaking at a Rotary Club luncheon, was referring to the announcement this month of findings of a consultancy study on the promotion of soccer in Hong Kong. 'We welcome the government's efforts as we have waited for this for a long time,' said Yu. 'But the government must be very careful in the process as Fifa states very clearly that it permits minimum government intervention into its members' affairs. There have been examples before [where countries' memberships have been suspended from the organisation] and we don't want to see it happen in Hong Kong.' In 2005, the Macau Football Association was suspended by Fifa on the grounds of 'serious interference by the political authorities of the Macau government constituting a clear violation of Article 17 of the Fifa Statutes'. The world governing body said 'blatant governmental interference in local football affairs in contravention of Fifa principles cannot be accepted'. According to the consultant's report, which has been accepted by the government, the HKFA would need to improve its governance for a more transparent decision-making process or there would be no additional government financial support. 'What we think the government should do is give us additional money first so we can recruit top professionals and experts to help us run the sport,' said Yu, who was also the HKFA chairman from 1987-1991. 'Once we have professionals in place, they will be the ones who make the decisions and propose [ideas] to the HKFA board for endorsement. The association governance can be improved and this will cause minimum disruption of the association's structure. I agree there are vested interests on the HKFA board, but if in future all the decisions come from the professionals and not the board, it should help us to become a more transparent body.'