Bosnia rejects FIFA statute, faces suspension

The Bosnian soccer federation has rejected a request from FIFA

and UEFA to cut its three presidents to one, leaving the body

facing a ban from international matches.

Bosnia’s federation reflects the political setup of the country

and its ethnic division after the 1992-95 war. It consists of two

associations: one a Bosnian Serb and another shared by Bosniaks and

Bosnian Croats. Together they are headed by a three-member

presidency, made up of a Bosniak, a Croat and a Serb.

The Bosnian Serbs do not agree with the concept of one president

because they fear it might jeopardize their autonomy. All 20

Bosnian Serb delegates out of the present 54 at Tuesday’s meeting

voted against the change.