Sudan: Aggrieved Sudanese party takes FIFA suspension case to court

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - One of the aggrieved parties in the FIFA suspension case of the Sudan Football Association (SFA) has taken the matter to the Court of Arbitration in Sports (CAS), based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Abdul Rahman Al-Katim, a former army officer and winner of the Sudan Football Association presidential poll of 30 April 2017, has accused FIFA of unfairly suspending Sudan.

The Al-Katim-led executive announced its decision to go to the CAS, courtesy of their official spokeperson, Sword Ibrahim. He said that the “development group”, as they call themselves, want their legitimacy membership to be reinstalled - using its  lawyers and CAS.

The group is reported to have asked German lawyers to handle the case and all the documents confirming their legitimacy have been submitted to CAS.

Meanwhile, the FIFA-recognised SFA president, Muttasim Gaafar, has denied being held responsible for the country’s suspension.

Gaafar told the press that he tried to advise the Ministry of Youth and Sports on the implications of kicking him out of office.

“We received the FIFA communique of suspending the SFA. We sought to avoid this decision and have been warning them since April,” he said.

“We have made efforts so that we do not arrive at this decision and even accepted reconciliation initiative launched by the first Vice President of the Republic to remove tension.

“The group has always sought confusion, saying that we have addressed FIFA with misleading and incorrect information. We gave them an opportunity to meet with FIFA delegations and provided them with all the information but they refused,” said Gaafar.

FIFA announced that it has suspended the SFA from international football, citing government interference.

The suspension affected the three Sudanese clubs in the 2017 continental competitions -  Al-Merrikh and Al-Hilal in the 2017 CAF Champions league and Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid in the parallel 2017 CAF Confederation Cup.
-0- PANA VAO/AR 8July2017

08 july 2017 11:12:22




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