FIFA, CAF to intervene in Kenyan crisis

FIFA, CAF to intervene in Kenyan crisis

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Dec 10, 2019. 13:30

A delegation comprising representatives from FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will arrive in Kenya on Tuesday in a bid to avoid a suspension from international football form the country.

Kenya is walking a suspension tightrope after its Sports Tribunal cancelled Federation Football Kenya elections that were due to be staged on December 7, which could be viewed as outside meddling in the country’s football affairs.

FIFA have long held a dim view of this and have been quick to suspend federations in the recent past.

The Sports Tribunal cancelled the elections having rules that the electoral board and the FKF’s electoral code were not up to scratch.

It called for the elections to be moved to the new year, once the procedural issues had been cleared up.

FIFA have previously warned the FKF that they will take action is there is court interference in football.

“The aforementioned articles is in line with one of FIFA’s core principles, that is, the prohibition of recourse to ordinary courts of law, unless specifically foreseen by FIFA regulations or binding legal provisions,” an October letter from FIFA Acting Chief Member Associations officer Veron Mosengo-Omba to FKF read.

“We further wish to underline that a violation of this provision by the FKF or its members may lead to sanctions as provided for in the FIFA statutes, including a possible suspension.”

If Kenya do receive a suspension it would call into question their participation in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, which get under way in March, and the remainder of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that resume in August.

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