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Giwa-induced crisis: FIFA replies Vanguard, confirms writing NFF

Following doubts expressed by some Nigerians yesterday over the warning letter from FIFA that the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF may be suspended if the Jos Court order ‘sacking’ the Amaju Pinnick-led Board was implemented, Vanguard Sports wrote a letter to FIFA asking it to confirm the veracity or otherwise of the email from its Zurich, Switzerland headquarters.FIFA

FIFA has replied your soar-away newspaper less than 24 hours later, confirming the email sent to NFF president, Pinnick through an email from Alois Hug of its Media Department, stressing that they actually sent a letter to the NFF and informed it of the consequences of implementing the orders of the Jos court. Below is the FIFA reply to Vanguard’s inquiries:

Dear Ehidiame,

Please find below a statement which can be attributed to a FIFA spokesperson:

We can confirm that FIFA has sent a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) informing that, if implemented, a recent ruling of the Federal High Court which apparently nullified the elections of 30 September 2014 of the NFF 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.

Best regards

Aloïs Hug

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