International ban for Nigeria

Nigeria has been suspended from all international football because of government interference in its football federation.

Fifa announced the ban, which means no Nigerian team, including club sides, can play internationally, last night after warning they would take action if the Nigerian Football Federation’s sacked executive committee was not reinstated.

The move comes in response to a court order which compelled the Nigerian Minister of Sports to appoint a senior member of the civil service to take over the running of the Nigeria Football Federation in the wake of the nation’s exit from the World Cup finals in Brazil.

A statement from Fifa’s emergency committee said: “The Fifa Emergency Committee has decided today, July 9, 2014, to suspend the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with immediate effect, on account of government interference.”

“The suspension will be lifted once the court actions have been withdrawn and the properly elected NFF Executive Committee, the NFF general assembly and the NFF administration are able to work without any interference in their affairs.”

The Nigerian Football Federation had planned elective congress to take place on August 26 before the court proceedings which dismissed them.


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