FIFA Ban Looms over Egypt

Egypt may get a FIFA Ban

The world football governing body, FIFA has threatened to come down hard on the Egyptian Football Association and may even suspend Egypt following a court ruling to dissolve the elected board of the EFA.

A court ruling last month  cited violations in the 2012 electoral process but is yet to be implemented. However, FIFA warned Egypt that any interference in football affairs is strictly prohibited.

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FIFA sent a letter to the EFA saying “sanctions will be considered, including suspension” if the court verdict takes effect.

“The EFA asks that all involved parties involved not to discuss this issue until it is resolved to ensure that the Egyptian national teams and clubs keep playing in the continental competitions,” the association said.

EFA Chairman Gamal Allam said he was ready to resign to spare Egypt any such problems that it may get from FIFA.

“My resignation is ready. In case the board’s appeal [against the court ruling] is rejected, I will not embarrass the Ministry of Sports and I will resign immediately,” Allam was quoted as saying on Egyptian sports website Filgoal minutes after the EFA statement.

The appeal is set to be ruled on by the Administrative Court on 8 May.