FIFA lifts suspension of Nigerian federation
FIFA lifted a suspension of Nigeria on Friday following the
dismissal of a lawsuit against the country’s football
The world governing body had suspended Nigeria on Oct. 4 because
of government interference, which breaches FIFA statutes protecting
the independence of elected football officials.
The suit by Nigeria’s national players’ organization sought to
annul recent federation elections.
FIFA said court actions against the officials have now ended,
allowing them to “work without hindrance.”
FIFA and Nigeria have had troubled relations since the national
team slumped to a first-round exit at the World Cup in June.
Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan threatened to pull all
national teams from competition and investigate the federation for
corrupt misuse of team funds. Jonathan backed down only when FIFA
threatened a ban to defend federation officials.
Also Friday, FIFA’s ruling panel confirmed Togo will be
suspended if it fails to organize new federation elections by Nov.
FIFA sanctions prevent a country’s national and club teams, plus
officials, from taking part in international matches and