FIFA team hopes to end Bosnia exile

FIFA team hopes to end Bosnia exile

Published Apr. 20, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

The team appointed by FIFA to run the Bosnia-Herzegovina football federation after it was suspended from international competition hopes to have the ban lifted by the end of May.

The federation was suspended on April 1 after refusing to comply with a FIFA demand to replace its three-member leadership with a single president.

Ivica Osim, the head of the team, said Wednesday that delegates will be able to vote on the issue on May 26.

Osim says those who had previously rejected the change have ''had time to think about the consequences.''


The federation has accumulated debts of $1.6 million ($2.3 million) over the past 10 years and would face bankruptcy without FIFA and UEFA funding comprising half of its budget.