Mali: Mali faces FIFA ban for government interference in FEMAFOOT

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali could come under the FIFA sledge hammer after the country’s sports minister, Housseyni Amion Guindo, missed a deadline to revoke his dissolution of the football federation’s Executive Committee.

Reports say Guindo installed an interim committee to lead the federation (FEMAFOT) until a new board can be elected.

FEMAFOOT informed FIFA of this development and in reaction FIFA gave Mali until Friday, 10 March, to cancel the suspension or face possible consequences.

“We remind you that according to the FIFA statutes, all our member associations must handle their affairs in an independent fashion,” FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura informed Femafoot president, Boubacar Baba Diarra.

She warned: “If they are not in position to do this, they are liable to sanctions, including a possible suspension. The ministerial decision of 8 March 2017 goes against this principle and its implementation would constitute an interference in FEMAFOOT’s internal affairs.

“If the decision is not revoked by Friday, 10 March 2017, the case will automatically be submitted to the FIFA Council for consideration,” added the Senegalese, in a letter dated 9 March.

Africa Cup of Nations runners-up in 1972, Mali has appeared at eight of the last nine Nations Cups. They exited in the group stages of this year’s competition, after contesting a group including eventual semi-finalists Ghana and Egypt, who lost to Cameroon in the final.

FIFA outlaws governmental interference in the running of any of its member associations.
-0- PANA VAO/MA 15March2017

15 march 2017 08:40:46

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