Fifa issue Nigeria ultimatum over Goodluck Jonathan Ban Threat
Fifa issue Nigeria ultimatum over Goodluck Jonathan Ban Threat Website
Fifa communications director Nicolas Maingot told a media briefing: "Fifa have sent a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation indicating that the government of Nigeria has until Monday at 6pm to cancel its direction to withdraw Nigeria's participation from all Fifa and CAF competitions for the next two years. "Failure to do so will lead to the suspension of the NFF. "Also the management committee set up by the Nigeria government will not be recognised by Fifa. "Fifa executive committee member Dr Amos Adamu (from Nigeria) will be in Nigeria on Monday for a last mediation attempt." Suspension covers national team and club matches in African competitions, referees as well as the cash that flows from Fifa to national associations. Maingot added: "A suspension goes beyond the suspension of the national teams. It also freezes financial help and no referees can participate in international competition." Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke said the Nigeria issue threatened the whole set-up of international football. Valcke told South African radio station 702: "If the government of Nigeria do not back down, we will suspend Nigeria and the decision will be taken in the next 48 hours. "We have been severe with France, why would we not be toward Nigeria? We have 208 members and if one of them goes against our constitution and the system, then the whole footballing pyramid is in danger."
Source: The Telegraph UK