FIFA hails progress with Bosnia to end world ban

BY foxsports • May 12, 2011

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.


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