FIFA suspends Mali FA

FIFA suspends Mali FA
Molla Wague of Mali challenged by Luwaga Kizoto of Uganda during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Uganda and Mali at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 25 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Mar 20, 2017. 14:00

According to media reports over the weekend, FIFA has suspended Malian Football Association (FEMAFOOT) following government interference in football matters.

The BBC website reports that the world football governing body has decided to act against the Malian FA.

Reports indicate that the association has been sidelined until further notice over government interference in football matters.

FIFA acted swiftly following a move by Mali Sports Minister Housseïni Amion Guindo who dissolved the executive committee of FEMAFOOT.

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Furthermore, Guindo has also appointed a provisional committee mandated to run FEMAFOOT and set up elections within 12 months.

"No team from Mali of any sort (including clubs) can take part in international competitions as of 17 March 2017 and until the suspension is lifted,” said FIFA.

"This also means that neither FEMAFOOT nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any development programme, course or training from Fifa or the Confederation of African Football."

FIFA announced that the ban would be lifted only when the FEMAFOOT board and president Boubacar Baba Diarra are reinstated.



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