Sudan: FIFA suspends Sudan football association's elections for six months

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - FIFA has announced the suspension of elections by the Sudanese Football Association (SFA), citing government interference in the process.

"Today we have received a letter from FIFA delaying the elections for six months. A fact-finding delegation from FIFA will arrive after a month to get acquainted with the statute of the SFA," Mohamed Sid Ahmed, an official of SFA, said in a statement on Saturday, the day the elections were scheduled to be held.

"FIFA based its decision on a letter from the SFA and what it said was a political and security intervention, besides a tape from a TV programme showing a candidate for SFA chairmanship admitting that he was candidate from the President of the Republic and the State," he added.

He quoted FIFA's letter as stating that the SFA would be suspended if the elections failed to be conducted next April 30 according to FIFA regulations and laws.

In 2010, FIFA re-conducted the SFA elections because of intervention of government authorities.

The SFA was established in 1936 and it joined the FIFA in 1948 and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in 1957.

National football associations enjoy the protection of FIFA which prevents government interventions in sports affairs.
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01 may 2017 11:26:14

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