Egypt may be banned by world football governing body, FIFA from international football including the Gabon 2017 African Nations Cup and the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers, following a pending court case against the country’s football FA.
According to Supersport.com, FIFA has officially warned the Egypt Football Association (EFA) of a ban over court interference in the country’s football.
In a letter to the Egyptian FA, FIFA stated that it would be “considered as interference” if the court case against the country’s football body is implemented and will leave it with no option than to consider sanctions.
Part of the letter from FIFA reads: “The court decision, if implemented, would most likely be considered as interference in the internal affairs of the EFA and the case would be brought to the highest authorities of FIFA for consideration of sanctions, including the suspension of the EFA.”
FIFA has threatened to ban Egypt from all international football, including AFCON 2017 over a court case against the country’s football FA In March, the Supreme Administrative Court in Egypt ordered that the Egyptian FA board be dissolved following complaints filed by former candidates in the FA elections, Dr Magda El Helbawi and Hermas Radwan, regarding violation of the electoral process in 2012.
Following this development, reports in Egypt had suggested that new elections will be held in September with Tharwat Sweilam, holding the fort in interim capacity until fresh polls are held. However, the Egyptian FA has appealed the court ruling and there will be a ruling on May 8.
It was learnt that should FIFA banned the Egyptians from all international competitions, the Group G ticket in the African Nations Cup qualifiers would now be a straight contest between Nigeria and Tanzania. The fourth team in the group, Chad, withdrew after the second round of matches.