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09.07.2014 Nigeria

FIFA suspend Nigeria over NFF sacking

By AFP
A Nigeria fan covers his face with the country's green and white flag as he watches the 2014 FIFA World Cup round of 16 football match between France and Nigeria at a viewing centre in Lagos on June 30, 2014.  By Pius Utomi Ekpei (AFP/File)A Nigeria fan covers his face with the country's green and white flag as he watches the 2014 FIFA World Cup round of 16 football match between France and Nigeria at a viewing centre in Lagos on June 30, 2014. By Pius Utomi Ekpei (AFP/File)
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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - FIFA on Wednesday suspended the Nigeria Football Federation with immediate effect over "government interference".

The decision came after a Nigerian court sacked the NFF and the government appointed a sole administrator for the country's football shortly after the national team returned from the World Cup.

"The FIFA Emergency Committee has decided today to suspend the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with immediate effect, on account of government interference," a FIFA statement said.

Unless the suspension is lifted Nigeria will not be able to play in the upcoming FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup scheduled for August 5-24.

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