Nigeria could be suspended by FIFA after the country’s football federation leaders were removed from office and its president was arrested on returning from the World Cup. FIFA warned Nigeria’s government on Friday it must reinstate the federation’s executive committee by Tuesday or risk a ban.
“FIFA has also taken note of the detention of NFF President, Aminu Maigari carried out by representatives of the Department of the State Security Service,” the governing body said in a statement. FIFA wrote to the NFF “expressing its great concern over different actions taken by Nigerian public authorities,” it said.
FIFA rules protect its 209 member federations from government interference, and a suspension bars teams and officials from taking part in international matches and meetings. An election meeting reportedly scheduled in Abuja on Saturday would not be recognized, FIFA said.
FIFA said an official football congress was called for Aug. 26 and “only decisions and persons elected then will be considered legitimate.” A High Court session in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Thursday served a restraining order on the country’s football leaders.