FIFA hails progress with Bosnia to end world ban

FIFA hails progress with Bosnia to end world ban

Published May. 12, 2011 1:02 p.m. ET

FIFA says progress is being made with Bosnia-Herzegovina to help end the country's worldwide ban from soccer in a dispute over ethnic politics, and resume its 2012 European Championship qualifying program.

FIFA and UEFA expressed confidence after a meeting with Bosnia's emergency soccer management Thursday that the federation will approve new statutes by a May 26 deadline.

FIFA suspended Bosnia last month when it refused to scrap its presidential leadership divided among Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs.

The three-way split mirrors Bosnian politics since war there ended in 1995.


FIFA wants a single soccer leader elected by November.

If new statutes are approved this month, Bosnia will likely be allowed to play in Romania on June 3.