FIFA Warns Nigeria After Football Leader's Arrest

While FIFA rules protect its 209 member federations from government interference, Nigerian football officials had to suffer after the team's exit from FIFA World Cup. The country now faces a possible ban.

updated: July 05, 2014 10:21 IST
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A Nigerian fan during his team's match against France. The team's poor performance has led the national government to take strict action against the football officials in the country.


Rio de Janeiro: Nigeria could be suspended by FIFA after the country's football federation leaders were removed from office and its president was arrested on returning from the World Cup.

FIFA warned Nigeria's government on Friday it must reinstate the federation's executive committee by Tuesday or risk a ban.

"FIFA has also taken note of the detention of NFF President Aminu Maigari carried out by representatives of the Department of the State Security Service," the governing body said in a statement.

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