FIFA Suspends Cameroon and slaps Togo.

       The turbulence which has rocked the Cameroon Football Federation(FECAFOOT),  for some time now has yielded befitting  fruits.

The FIFA Emergency Committee has decided  4 July 2013, to provisionally suspend the Cameroonian Football Association (FECAFOOT) with immediate effect, on account of government interference. Articles 13 and 17 of the FIFA Statutes oblige member associations to manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties.

A normalisation committee will be set up as provided under article 7 par. 2 of the FIFA Statutes to revise the FECAFOOT statutes and to organise elections for new office bearers by 31 March 2014, at the same time as managing the daily business.

The FIFA administration, in cooperation with CAF, will identify and nominate the members of the normalisation committee.

The normalisation committee will act as an electoral body, whose decisions will be final and binding. Its members will not be eligible for any of the open positions.

The suspension will be lifted once the country authorities allow the new normalisation committee to enter the FECAFOOT headquarters and to carry out its activities unhindered.

To avoid any conflict of interest, the CAF President Issa Hayatou did not take part in the vote.

During the period of suspension, FECAFOOT may not be represented in any regional, continental or international competitions, including at club level, or in friendly matches. In addition, neither FECAFOOT nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any FIFA or CAF development programmes, courses or training during the suspension period.

The Cameroonian Football Association’s (FECAFOOT) president Mohammed Iya was arrested in June for alleged mismanagement and embezzlement of his cotton company, which is reported to have lost almost €20 million in five years while he was a director.

Cameroon were vying for a spot in the final round of qualifying for Brazil 2014 and had looked to have been handed a boost when they were awarded three points from a 2-0 loss to Togo on June 9.

However, Jacques Alexys Romao featured in the match for Togo, despite being suspended, resulting in the match being awarded 3-0 to Cameroon, although their extra points now count for nothing.

Many questions still remain unanswered. Why did Sepp Blatter congratulate Iya Mohammed on his victory at the presidency while in prison?

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