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FIFA finally lifts ban on Nigeria

Says no replacement for Adamu if…
By Patrick Omorodion
Nigeria finally came off the hammer of world’s football governing body yesterday, FIFA when its Executive Committee without Dr. Amos Adamu lifted the suspension clamped on the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF on October 4, 2010.

The suspension was provisionally lifted on October 8 after the National Sports Commission, NSC which was accused of interference by FIFA had recalled the acting Secretary General who was earlier told to step aside following the contempt charge hanging over him and other members of the NFF.

In one paragraph of its statement yesterday, FIFA said that “ In addition, the Executive Committee decided to lift the suspension on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after receiving confirmation that the court actions against elected members of the NFF had ceased and that they could now work without hindrance.”

On the case involving Dr. Adamu and Tahitian, Reynal Temarii, it’s president, Blatter confirmed that a ruling on their future is expected on 17 November and, if the two are not reinstated, then only 22 FIFA executive members will cast a vote instead of the full 24.

“This is an uncomfortable situation for FIFA but we must say that inside FIFA we have the necessary instruments to react properly,” said Blatter at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

“The ethics committee are addressing a case that involves allegations of possible corruption. We will deal with them according to current regulations. If and when people are suspended for the vote on 2 December they will not be replaced.”


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