FIFA warns Kenyans that political meddling in FA elections may force a ban

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October 25 – Kenya is facing potentially serious sanctions from FIFA if there is any outside interference over the composition of the Kenyan FA’s (FKF) board mandated to oversee upcoming elections.

Two cases are currently logged with the Nairobi courts challenging the electoral board and in a letter to FKF Secretary General Barry Otieno, FIFA’s acting chief members’ associations’ officer Veron Mosengo-Omba warned of potential consequences which could include kicking the country out of international football.

The cases attracted the attention of FIFA after they received correspondence from FKF Acting Secretary General Barry Otieno.

“We informed FIFA on the recent surge of court cases pitting the federation against third party individuals, acting in complete disregard of both the FKF and FIFA statutes. This was done as part of our regular briefings to the world football governing body on the ongoing FKF electioneering process,” said Otieno.

“FIFA has since responded to our correspondence and reminded us of our obligation as their member and the need to conform to both the FIFA and FKF statutes. ”

In that response, Véron Mosengo-Omba warns of dire consequences if FIFA’s statutes are violated.

“Disputes within the FKF or affecting leagues, members of leagues, clubs, members of clubs, players, officials, and other FKF officials shall not be submitted to ordinary courts unless the FIFA regulations, or FKF statutes, or binding legal provisions specifically provide for or stipulate recourse to ordinary courts,” the letter, picked up by Kenyan media, reads in part.

“We further wish to underline that a violation of this obligation by the FKF or its members may lead to sanctions as provided for in the FIFA Statutes, including possible suspension.”

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