FIFA Has Banned Nigeria From International Football Over Government



Nigeria has been suspended from all international football amid allegations of government interference in its football federation. FIFA announced the ban, which means no Nigerian team – including club sides – can play internationally, on Wednesday evening.It was the world governing body’s 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. FIFA’s emergency committee said: ‘The FIFA Emergency Committee has decided today, 9 July 2014, to suspend the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with immediate effect, on account of government interference.’ ‘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. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 2

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