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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Fifa draws line in sand for Benin

FIFA Emergency Committee has given Benin until July 25 to reinstate its football federation’s president Anjorin Moucharafou, who was kicked out of office by a court of appeal a fortnight ago.
“The FIFA Emergency Committee considers that the decision of the Court of Appeal is a clear violation of Articles 13 and 17 of the FIFA statutes that require member organisations to manage their affairs independently without interference from any third party,” the committee said in a statement sent to the Benin FA on Monday.
“The Committee has decided to issue an ultimatum till Wednesday July 25, 2012, for the court decision to be revoked and failing, the Benin Football Federation (FBF) will be suspended with immediate effect,” the statement added.
According to the committee, the suspension will mean that players, officials, clubs and other members of the FBF will be deprived of all sporting activities at continental and international level.
The FBF will also receive no assistance, whether financial, administrative or technical from FIFA and CAF if suspended, the commission said.
The court ruled against Moucharafou and recognised the legitimacy of his rival Victorian Attolou, who broke away from the body with 11 other members to form a parallel FA in February 2011.
Attolou, who enjoys the backing of the government, formally took office on Friday July 20.
Benin are leaders of Group H of the 2014 World Cup qualifying with four points, ahead of Algeria and Mali on three points each, followed by Rwanda on one point.