Fifa Slaps Ban on Mali FA for Government Interference

The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has indefinitely suspended Mali Football Association (FEMAFOOT).

FIFA’s Bureau of Council made the bold statement on Friday temporarily dismissing the Federation because of government interference into football matters.

According to the world’s football governing body, approved the minister for Sports in Mali, Housseini Amioh Guindo interfered with the local Federation by disbanding the executive of FEMAFOOT.

Guindo dismissed Boubacar Baba Diarra’s Executive committee putting in place a normalisation committee without the consent of FIFA which was deemed as interference.

Mali’s football teams will not be able to compete while the ban is in place

“Mali’s Football Association (FEMAFOOT) has been suspended by Fifa until further notice over government interference in football matters,” read part of Fifa’s statement.

Fifa said the ban would be lifted only when the FEMAFOOT board and president Boubacar Baba Diarra are reinstated.

Football’s world governing body stated: “No team from Mali of any sort (including clubs) can take part in international competitions as of 17 March 2017 and until the suspension is lifted.


This also means that neither FEMAFOOT nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any development programme, course or training from Fifa or the Confederation of African Football.

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