December 21 – FIFA has appointed a normalisation committee to run the affairs of the troubled Malian Football Association (Femafoot).
A statement said the decision “follows the current deadlock affecting Femafoot and comes after two missions to Bamako dispatched by FIFA and CAF.”
The new committee’s main task will be to hold elections for a new Femafoot executive committee before April 30 next year.
Mali were banned from global football for six weeks earlier this year for government interference into the running of football in the country. At the time the country said it would not be pushed around and would continue to operate as it saw fit.
In many African countries, FIFA’s strict rules pose problems since football federations often are dependent on government funding.
FIFA banned Mali from international football after sports minister Minister Housseïni Amion Guindo sacked the federation’s executive committee following allegations of fraud during a leadership election last year. He then appointed a provisional committee and ordered the election of a new executive committee within one year.
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