Tuesday, 12 April 2016

FIFA issues letter of warning to NFF over court ruling to remove pinnick as NFF president

Amaju Pinnick
On Friday, April 8 , a high court  in Jos, Plateau State had, nullified the September 2014 election that elected Amaju Pinnick in office as the NFF President following a petition by his opponent, Chris Giwa. But FIFA has taken up the matter by reacting to the Jos High Court ruling, saying it can't hold water on Nigeria Football Federation, NFF and any action to unseat Amaju Pinnick’s led board would attract a possible ban.

In the letter issued by FIFA dated April 11, 2016, if the decision of the federal high court in Jos last week is carried out, it would be considered as an interference in the internal affairs of the NFF.

FIFA wrote in a letter addressed to Amaju Pinnick, the embattled NFF boss on Monday that Article 13 and 17 of FIFA are clear that there should not be interference whatsoever with the running of football in the country.

“All members associations have to manage their affairs independently and with no influence from a third party. The decision of the Federal High Court in Jos if implemented would amount to interference and the case would be brought to the highest authority of the FIFA for consideration for sanctions, including the suspension of NFF,” FIFA’s acting Secretary General, Markus Kathner wrote.

FIFA emphasized that Chris Giwa has taken his case as far the Arbitration of Sports, CAS, which he lost.

See the official letter sent by FIFA to the NFF:

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