FIFA give Cameroon the boot
05 July 2013, 10:33
Geneva - FIFA on Thursday banned Cameroon from international competition
due to state meddling in their football association, meaning they fail
to gain from a decision to dock rivals Togo three points for fielding a
suspended player in their World Cup campaign.
In a statement, FIFA
said that Cameroon's FA, or FECAFOOT, had been suspended with immediate
effect owing to "government interference", but did not elaborate.
FIFA statutes require that the game's national governing bodies be able to conduct their affairs free from official control.
the period of suspension, FECAFOOT may not be represented in any
regional, continental or international competitions, including at club
level, or in friendly matches," FIFA said.
It said a special
committee would be set up to organise elections for a new FECAFOOT
governing body by the end of March next year, and would meantime run the
game in Cameroon.
In a separate announcement, FIFA said that it
had punished Togo for fielding suspended Jacques Alexys Romao in their
June 9 Group I home game against Cameroon.
Togo have already admitted they were wrong to play the Marseille midfielder in the 2014 World Cup Africa zone qualifier.
FIFA's decision to dock three points from Togo would have been a major
bonus for Cameroon, changing their 2-0 defeat into a 3-0 victory.
are two points behind Libya ahead of a September showdown in Yaounde to
decide who wins the group, but the FIFA penalty against Togo would move
them into a one-point lead.
But that advantage will be purely academic unless Cameroon can persuade FIFA to lift their ban.
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