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Fifa suspends Sudan FA

Fifa did not explicitly specify the reasons for the suspension, but the Associated Press news agency reported that the decision had been taken following government interference at the SFA.

Fifa said in a statement that it has been obliged to suspend the SFA in accordance with a decision of the Bureau of the Fifa Council on June 27.

The statement read: “Fifa has taken note that, despite the decision of the Bureau of the Fifa Council, the decree of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice of 2 June 2017 has not been declared null and void. As a consequence, Fifa has been obliged to suspend the SFA in accordance with the aforementioned decision adopted by the Bureau of the Fifa Council.”

The suspension will only be lifted if the decree of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice is declared null and void, and the SFA’s board of directors, which includes president Dr Mutasim Gaafar Sir Elkhatim, is reinstated.

The SFA representative and teams are banned from international competitions while the ban is in place and the Confederation of African Football (Caf) has today confirmed that Sudanese clubs El Hilal and El Merreikh have been disqualified from its Champions League tournament, with Al Hilal Obeid having been banned from the Caf Confederation Cup.

The ban also stipulates that neither the SFA nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any Fifa- or Caf-organised development programmes, courses or training. Other member associations are also forbidden from engaging in sporting contact with the SFA for the duration of the ban.