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FIFA suspend Nigeria from international football after claims of government influence on their Football Federation

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African champions Nigeria have been suspended from all international football by FIFA after allegations that the country's government has interfered with the running of it's Football Federation.

The ban means no Nigerian team - including club sides - can play inter­nati­onal­ly, which will affect their U20s women's side, who were set to play in the U20s World Cup next week,

FIFA had given Nigeria's government until Tuesday to reinstate the sacked Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) executive committee, which was abolished and replaced with a sole administrator earlier this month.

After a meeting of an emergency committee, FIFA released a statement which read, "The FIFA Emergency Committee has decided today, 9 July 2014, to suspend the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with immediate effect, on account of government interference..."

"...The decision follows a letter sent by FIFA to the NFF on 4 July 2014, in which it expressed its great concern after the NFF was served with court proceedings and consequently an order preventing the president of the NFF, the NFF Executive Committee members and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football was granted by a High Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria."

"The said court order compelled the Nigerian Minister of Sports to appoint a senior member of the civil service to manage the NFF until the matter was heard in court, without giving any date for such a hearing. The authorities then appointed a person who decided to convene an extraordinary general assembly on 5 July 2014. This extraordinary general assembly was convened in violation of the NFF statutes."

"The suspension will be lifted once the court actions have been withdrawn and the properly elected NFF Executive Committee, the NFF general assembly and the NFF administration are able to work without any interference in their affairs."

"As a result of this decision, no team from Nigeria of any sort (including clubs) can have any international sporting contact. During the period of suspension, the NFF may not be represented in any regional, continental or international competitions, including at club level, or in friendly matches."

Nigeria's government had said their move was necessary while legal proceedings against the country's football authority were on going, with NFF president Aminu Maigari arrested upon his return from the World Cup.

The government says the NFF have sent documents to show that the general assembly was held according to Fifa statutes and so the vote to remove the board at that meeting should stand.

African champions Nigeria reached the second round of the World Cup in Brazil for only the third time in their history, after they also did so in 1994 and 1998.

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