FIFA suspends Malian Football Federation for Government interference

Gianni Infantino FIFA president

Gianni Infantino FIFA president

Last week, Mali's Sports Minister Housseini Amion Guindo sacked the Executive Committee and installed a an Interim Committee to run the FEMAFOOT until a new group can be put in place.

World football governing body FIFA on Friday in Zurich declared all of Mali's football clubs have been suspended from worldwide competitions with immediate effect, after the country's government interfered in the national association. I and art. 19 of the FIFA Statutes to manage its affairs independently and with no influence from third parties.

As a result of this decision, FEMAFOOT loses all its membership rights as specified in art. 13 of the FIFA Statutes, with immediate effect and until further notice.

The organisation said it would lift the suspension "once ministerial decisions are nullified and the executive committee of Femafoot and its president, Boubacar Baba Diarra, is reinstated".

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The decision means that Mali, placed 61st in the world rankings, can not be involved in any worldwide activity of any kind until the dispute is resolved to the satisfaction of world football's governing body.

It also means that none of the federation's members can benefit from the development programs of FIFA or CAF.

The decision to suspend Mali was announced just a day after Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar won the Confederation of African Football presidential election, ousting longtime president Issa Hayatou of Cameroon.

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