Switzerland: FIFA suspends Sudan 'until further notice'

Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - World football governing body, FIFA, has suspended the Sudanese Football Association until further notice due to governmental interference.

In a letter to all FIFA members dated 6 July, 2017 signed by the Secretary General Fatma Samoura, FIFA said: "We wish to inform you, based on the decision taken by the Bureau of FIFA Council on 27 June, 2017, the Sudan Football Association (SFA) has been suspended according to Article 16 of the FIFA Statutes until further notice."

The letter said SFA loses all its membership rights as defined in art 13 of the FIFA Statutes.

"The SFA representative and club teams are no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted. This also means that neither the SFA nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any development programme, course or training from FIFA or Confederation of African Football."

The letter said in accordance with art 16 par 3 of the FIFA statutes FIFA members are not to entertain any sporting contact with the SFA and/or its teams during its suspension.

FIFA's decision follows a conflict between Ser El-Khatm and Moatasem Gafaar on the presidency of the Sudanese Football Association.

The Sudanese ministry of Justice issued an order that transfers the presidency from Gafaar, who is the FIFA recognised elected president, to El-Khetm.

Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid of Sudan, which has already qualified for the quarter-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup, was to play Zesco United, Zambia in the final group match on Saturday in Zambia.

Two other Sudanese clubs, Al-Merreikh and Al-Hilal were to be in action in the CAF Champions League this weekend against Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia Ferroviario Beira of Mozambique respectively.
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