Mali: FIFA suspends Mali indefinitely over govt. interference

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The World Football Governing Body, FIFA, has suspend the Malian Football Association from soccer-related activities as a reason of government interference.

The suspension is with effect 17 March, 2017.

FIFA said, in a statement received here Friday, that the Malian Football Association (FEMAFOOT) was suspended from all competitions until further notice, adding that the development was triggered by the actions taken by Mr Housseïni Amion Guind, the Malian Sports minister.

Mr. Guind dissolved the executive committee of the federation on 8 March; then appointed an interim committee that was intended to run the association up until a new executive committee is elected.

FIFA warned the Malian association that this decision should be taken back immediately as their shouldn’t be third parties included in managing FEMAFOOT’s affairs.

They also clarified that the ban will be lifted once the minister’s decisions are annulled.

As a result of the suspension, no team from Mali, whether a club or the National Team, can take part in international competitions of any sort until the ban is lifted.

Also, Al Masry SC of Egypt, which lost their first-leg match 2-0 to Mali’s Djoliba in the first leg of the first round of the CAF Confederation Cup are through to the play-off round due to the ban. Matches in the play-off round will be played 7–9 April (first leg) and 14–16 April (second leg).

In the play-off round, the winners of the Confederation Cup first round will be drawn against the losers of the Champions League first round, with the teams from the Confederation Cup hosting the second leg.
-0- PANA VAO 17March2017

17 march 2017 14:18:04

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