Ivory Coast FA appeals FIFA’s Xmas ‘normalisation’ gift at CAS

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December 30 – The Ivory Coast FA (FIF) has lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against FIFA’s appointment of a normalisation committee in the country. 

Following a meeting of FIF’s executive committee, the Ivorian governing body has decided to take legal against FIFA’s decision at CAS. In a statement, FIF wrote that “the executive committee concluded that motives that support [the normalisation committee] are fallacious and impertinent.”

On Christmas Eve, the world  federation in Zurich moved to run FIF following the ruling body’s failure to carry out an electoral process for a new executive committee.

In a statement FIFA said: “This decision is the result of the failure of the country’s football governing bodies to carry out an electoral process for a new Executive Committee in accordance with the statutory and regulatory requirements applicable to all Fifa member associations.”

“After several months of engaging with FIF, the failure was attributed to inherent weaknesses in the association’s governance structures and processes, including contradictions in the FIF Statutes and Electoral Code that have yet to be resolved, and which significantly impacted the flawed electoral process conducted. It was further taken into account the fact that the mandate of the executive had already ended.”

The normalisation committee’s mandate runs until the end of 2021.

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