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Al Masry to advance in Confederation Cup as FIFA suspends Malian Football Association


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The bureau of the FIFA council decided to suspend the Malian Football Association as a reason of governmental interference effective as of March 17th 2017.

The Bureau of the FIFA council, on the 17th of March 2017, decided to suspend the Malian Football Association (FEMAFOOT) from all competitions and until further notice. The decision has been taken due to governmental interference in the association’s activities.

The suspension has been triggered by the actions taken by Mr Housseïni Amion Guind, Sports minister of Mali.

Mr. Amion Guind dissolved the executive committee of the federation on March 8th. He then appointed an interim committee, that was intended to run the association up until a new executive committee is elected.

FIFA warned the Malian association that this decision should be taken back immediately as their shouldn’t be third parties included in managing FEMAFOOT’s affairs. They also clarified that the ban will be lifted once the minister’s decisions are annulled.

As a result to this suspension, as of Friday March 17th, no team from Mali, whether a club or national team, can take part in international competitions of any sort until the ban is lifted.

“No team from Mali of any sort (including clubs) can take part in international competitions as of 17 March 2017 and until the suspension is lifted,” stated FIFA.

“This also means that neither FEMAFOOT nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any development programme, course or training from FIFA or the Confederation of African Football.”

Al Masry SC, who lost their first leg against Mali’s Djoliba in the first round of the CAF Confederations Cup should eventually go through due to the imposition of this ban.

In response to these claims, Samir Halabia, head of Al Masry, SC said: “Up until now, no official letter has been sent to us stating our qualification formally and directly to the next round.”

“It will definitely be a very good piece of news for us if confirmed.”

Malak Hassouna is a French Baccalaureate graduate and currently a Political Sciences student, who was born and still lives in Cairo. She started playing volleyball at the age of 7 as a libero at the Shooting Club in Cairo. A hardcore Chelsea and Al Ahly fan, also a Roger Federer worshipper. She writes for various websites and blogs including KingFut, Chelseafc360 and Vavel UK.

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