Benin’s chances at participating in the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) is under serious threat after the country was handed a FIFA ban over government interference in the running of affairs at the national association.
The move was made after an attempt by the Benin FA to hold elections was blocked by a local court – leaving the state of football administration in the West African country in jeopardy.
The directive by the FIFA Council will be confirmed at the upcoming FIFA Congress in Mexico scheduled to take off on Friday 13 May.
FIFA Council Report
The Council also received a comprehensive report from the Audit & Compliance Committee, which welcomed the amendments to the Governance Regulations. The procedures for the appointment of standing committees members, as well as the proposals for the election of the chairperson and members of the Governance Committee and other matters will be discussed in an additional meeting of the Council on Friday, 13 May in the morning before the Congress opens. It was also agreed that the confederations and member associations should propose members for the standing committees by 31 July 2016, after which nominees would undergo eligibility checks.
The Council also expressed its full support for the proposed new development regulations and programme, which will be presented by the FIFA President at the FIFA Congress.
Further decisions taken included:
- A solidarity grant of USD $500,000 for Ecuador following the severe earthquake in April. The funds will be used for renovating and reconstructing football facilities within the affected regions.
- Uruguay was appointed as the host country for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018 (20 November – 13 December).
- In accordance with art. 38 of the FIFA Statutes, the Benin Football Association (FBF) was suspended with immediate effect due to a recent injunction by a local judicial court which impeded the holding of the due election.
- The FIFA Congress will vote on the confirmation of the suspensions on the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI), the Football Association of Kuwait (KFA), and the Benin Football Association (FBF).
- Ratification of the decision by the FIFA Emergency Committee not to implement the suspension of the Greek FA as the Greek Cup had been reinstated.
- Authorization of the continued participation of New Zealand’s Wellington Phoenix in the Australian A-League for a four-year period (2016/2017 to 2020/2021 seasons).
- Ratification of the decision of the bureau of the Council to appoint a normalization committee to run the daily affairs of the Guinea Football Federation (FGF).
- To bring forward the event dates for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 by one day to now take place between 6 and 16 December.
The next ordinary meeting of the FIFA Council in its new composition will take place on 13 and 14 October in Zurich. The deadline to elect the new additional Council members in accordance with the FIFA Statutes and the FIFA Governance Regulations is 30 September 2016.