FIFA might suspend NFF over Amaju Pinnick removal – FIFA has warned the Nigerian Football Federation of a possible ban if current president Amaju Pinnick is removed.
Pinnick’s 2014 election victory had been annulled by a High Court in Jos on April 8, with the court ordering that the plaintiff, Chris Giwa be installed as the new NFF president.
FIFA has expressed its displeasure at the development, warning in a letter that the NFF would be suspended if Pinnick wasn’t reinstated.
The letter read: “The decision of the Federal High Court in Jos, if implemented, would likely be considered as an interference in the internal affairs of the NFF and the case would be brought to the highest authorities of FIFA for consideration of sanctions, including the suspension of the NFF.”
“We would Iike to remind you that according t0 articles 13 and 17 of the FIFA Statutes, all members associations have t0 manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties In addition and according to article 68 of the FIFA Statutes, recourse to ordinary courts of Iaw is prohibited unless specifically provided for in the FIFA regulations.
“Furthermore, it is the duty of each member association to ensure that these provisions are implemented by its members and possibly take sanctions against those which fail to respect these obligations.”
The letter, signed by FIFA acting Secretary-General Markus Kattner added that Giwa had already brought his case to FIFA before, and had been shut down.
“Lastly, we would like to Stress that the plaintiff in question already filed an appeal in relation to the same matter with the highest judicial Sport authorities, the Court that said appeal was dismissed by the CAS on 18 May 2015″.