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Sudan to face FIFA banning if new football association president is not in place

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FIFA  has warned Sudan that it faces an international ban from football unless it overturns a governmental order to install a new football association president, BBC Sport reports.

The ban is set to begin on  Saturday  after two rival group claimed control of the country’s association.

On  June 2, Sudan’s Ministry of Justice ordered the FIFA-recognised SFA president Mutasim Gaafar  Elkhatim to be removed and replaced by Abdel Rahman Elkatim.

Football’s world governing body prohibits governmental interference in the running of a member association.

If the ban comes into place then Sudanese club Al Hilal Obeid would feel the effect immediately as they are due to play in the Confederation Cup on Saturday.

The country’s two biggest clubs Al Hilal and Al Merreikh play on Friday in the  Champions League so would initially avoid the sanction.

In April, Abdel Rahman won SFA elections even though FIFA  had previously stated that no elections should take place until late 2017.

After Mutasim Gaafar reported the matter to FIFA, claiming the elections were illegal, the governing body took action this week.

Credit: Punch

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