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FIFA hammers Nigeria with a global ban over government interference

Published on: 09 July 2014
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter

A statement released by the governing body on Wednesday said the Emergency Committee took the decision with “immediate effect” after Nigerian Football Federation was dissolved by the government and replaced by a sole administrator.

The most immediate effect is that the country will not be entitled to participate in the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (5-24 August 2014) should the suspension not be lifted by 15 July 2014.

“Article 13, par. 1 and article 17, par. 1 of the Fifa Statutes oblige member associations to manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties,” read the statement.

“The decision follows a letter sent by Fifa to the NFF on 4 July 2014, in which it expressed its great concern after the NFF was served with court proceedings and consequently an order preventing the president of the NFF, the NFF Executive Committee members and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football was granted by a High Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The ruling means no team from Nigeria of any sort (including clubs) can take part in international competition.

During the period of suspension, the NFF “may not be represented in any regional, continental or international competitions, including at club level, or in friendly matches”.

The most immediate effect is that Nigeria will not be entitled to participate in next month’s Under-20 Women’s World Cup should the suspension not be lifted by 15 July.


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  • readi 2 dye says:
    July 10, 2014 03:14 am
    Texas, I like the way u broke it down. FIFA (fi fa bi) is a branch of the illuminati( Moriah conquering wind) who wants to use football to control world governments...just like the other wing Monsanto tryna use food...Big up Goodluck for standing up to them on this issue,EPA n also for importation of GAYS.
  • Bawa says:
    July 09, 2014 11:14 pm
    U people are here fighting for Nigeria, if this thing was to happened to Ghana the way Nigerians will jubilate about it.
  • selfmade says:
    July 09, 2014 06:30 pm
    Nigeria should hold its grounds as a real giant and set the pace for other Africans to follow! Nigeria should not back down and I fully endorse and support the gov of Nigeria 100%! Yaya you're said that they don't care about us because we are Africans and is obvious FIFA doesn't want our fas to do well in order to continue to exploit us! FIFA knows that the day, out FA'S gets it right, we ll competite and challenge with the western world and hence wants to suppress us by these useless sanctions! Nigeria, which is a nation of about 120 million people are as relevant as any other poweful nation on earth and they are the second largest black population country on earth and hence they have to stand their grounds and take the fight to FIFA! FIFA has no credibility and they can only flex their muscles against weak African FA'S and is about time Nigerians stand up to their bullies and I believed that the gov of Nigeria is ready to take them on that's why they have not rescind their decisions! Nigeria gov is doing a great job and if there is a time that I have to congratulate an African gov for doing the right thing at the right time, then is now and I say KUDOS TO JONATHAN and may his gov live longer to finish the fight! The late prof mills had wanted to probe our own fa but FIFA blocked him and how I wish that mahama continues the fight from where mills left off and if there is a time to investigate the Ghanaian fa, is now because of the match fixing scandal our president has embroilded himself in! Our gov, can use the match fixing allegations to investigate our fa and the time is now or never!
  • texas says:
    July 09, 2014 06:55 pm
    Useless and corrupt FIFA! The national teams are owned by government and and the country as a whole. The national teams or the FA is not owned by the FA management members. They are just managers so for me FA should answer to the government and its people. Is it not tax payers' money that is used to sponsor all national teams? in our parts of the world it is the government that build major sports facilities. FIFA is corrupt just like its affiliated FA members and that is why they don't want to account to the government and its people. Thumbs up to the Nigerian government. We want the Ghana government to do same by firing the entire GFA and sports ministry. FIFA can go to hell with their ban.
  • OGYA says:
    July 09, 2014 07:46 pm
    Nigeria should never ever give grounds to FIFA which has created an environment that foster corruption. Thieves like Nyantakyi are flourishing in such system. COWARD NATION Ghana, you are a trash and a disgrace to Africa. I cannot believe how a nation like Ghana that calls itself the leader in African politics can have itself held hostage by FIFA to allow idiots, I mean idiots like Nyantakyi to do whatever they want at the GFA. This ought to stop. Nigeria I applaud you and your stand against FIFA to show that they have no right to tell any country how to deal with their internal politics. Who the **** is Fifa anyway to dictate to a sovereign nation how to run their Sports Association. **** YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU FIFA
  • shine says:
    July 09, 2014 07:57 pm
    Well done Nigeria,You are a truely Africans Ghana Government should please impose the samething to GFA if fifa ban Black stars thats fine we love that way. Is better than leting our monies goes free to most corrupted folks who are sending their wives and kids to World cup to spend Ghana money nyafu nyafu Oga dey chop our money freee freee thats GFA really you are. Mahama sack them let them go and sit at their homes and learnd a better lessons.
  • Jackal says:
    July 09, 2014 08:48 pm
    The folks above have said it all.... Kudos to Nigerian government for taking bold actions for even a less embarrassing situation than Ghana's humiliating WC2014 mismanagement and possible match-fixing by the GFA. As majority of Ghanaians have already expressed, the GFA and BS management team should be disbanded and any guilty individuals fully investigated and prosecuted. If corrupt and mafiaso FIFA will not investigate and address corruption within national FAs, then hell with them!!!!!
  • Milky says:
    July 10, 2014 05:35 am
    Guys Fifa knows how much we love soccer and how much we cannot stand to not see our country/team not play and they are using that as bargaining chip. Now that Nigerian is banned, in the mean time, we are happy and giving them thumps up for a job well done but I bet very soon Nigerian will be starved of not seeing their team play on the international level (while other countries in Africa) and they would put pressure on their president to do what Fifa wants. I know this is not what anybody wants to hear right now but that's exactly what will happen. I think Nigeria should continue what she is doing as long as it will get the support of the people for the whole period. I think Fifa will be very adamant and not bend it rules because Fifa knows doing that will only teach other countries to break Fifa rules and that would mean they pretty much losing it power. Just looking at it from a logical point of view. I'm missing something?
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    July 10, 2014 09:47 am
    Well said guys! we gonna fight it to finish........ @BAWA Wo mame twe.... odwan
  • Asem says:
    July 10, 2014 11:32 am
    Typing by heart folks!do you know what annee blanche will do to the carriers of up ad coming players?both local and professional? cause it's not your work,you just watch and say non-sense afterwards !!
  • He-goat says:
    July 10, 2014 11:47 am
    Boko Haram is hammering Nigeria already. Oh FIFA you are very wicked, you want Naija to tear into pieces? Don't mind Naija, just concentrate on Boko Haram.