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FIFA threaten to ban Egypt over government interference

FIFA issued an official warning to the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) over government intervention in football affairs.

The warning comes in the light of Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court ruling to dissolve the EFA board over election irregularities.

FIFA rules prohibit any government intervention, as articles 13 and 17 of the FIFA statutes oblige member associations to manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties.

According to the letter, the EFA may face suspension in case the court decision was implemented. The EFA had already challenged the ruling and the court has set May 7 as a date for ruling in the case.

“The court decision, if implemented, would most likely be considered as an interference in the internal affairs of the EFA and the case would be brought to the highest authorities of FIFA for consideration of sanctions, including the suspension of the EFA,” the letter read.

Candidates for the EFA 2012 elections Magda El Helbawi and Hermas Radwan had dragged the EFA board to court over allegations of vote rigging during the elections. The court accepted the lawsuit in March and the verdict obligated minister of youth and sports Khaled Abdel-Aziz to dissolve the EFA board headed by Gamal Allam.

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