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FIFA Gives Sudan Football Association (SFA) An Indefinite Suspension

FIFA Gives Sudan Football Association (SFA) An Indefinite Suspension

FIFA, The world football governing body has laid a suspension on the Sudan Football Association (SFA), which rules out all Sudanese clubs and teams from international competitions till demands by FIFA are met.

The suspension by FIFA will halt the involvement of Sudan's top sides Al Merreikh and Al Hilal Omdurman that were meant to battle in CAF Champions League matches against Etolle Du Sahel and Ferroviorio Da Belra respectively on Friday (8 Jul) and Sudan side Hilal Obayed that already qualified for the quarter final stage of the CAF Confederations Cup and is meant to face Zambia's Zesco United on Saturday throwing them technically out of those competitions.

The matches will only be played as scheduled, if Sudan adhere to FIFA's demands on Friday hours before the matches start.

"We are obliged to inform you that the SFA is suspended in accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council," said part of the letter addressed to the SFA General Secretary Magdi Shams Eldin and signed by the FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura.

"The Sudan Football Association representative and club teams are no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted," added the letter.

"The suspension would only be lifted once the decree of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice of 2 June 2017 is declared null or void and the Board of Directors of the SFA with its President, Dr Mutasim Gaafar Sir Elkhatim is reinstated" read the letter.

Two groups have been claiming to run the affairs of the Sudan Football Association (SFA), of-which FIFA recognizes one runner by Mutasim Gaafar Sir Elkhatim.

The conflict and disagreement between the groups had FIFA issue a warning on 27 June, Samoura in a letter to SFA warned that the world football governing body would suspend Sudan if these conflict was not resolved by 30 June.

on 2 June Mutasim's executive was forcefully evacuated from the premises by reportedly government. The evacuation was reportedly enforced through a decree from the undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice. After the evacuation the rival body under Abdel Rahman Sir Elkatim was allowed to occupy the headquarters.
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