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FIFA Threatens Nigeria Over Amaju’s Sack

World football governing body, FIFA, has warned Nigeria against implementing the decision of the Federal High Court Jos, saying doing so would be considered as interference in the internal affairs of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

A Jos High Court has last Friday nullifying the September 30, 2014 elections of the NFF executive committee led by President Amaju Pinnick on the premise that the elections were against an earlier order against holding the elections.

Chris Giwa, who is claiming to be validly elected NFF president has threatened to resume work office on Monday after he announced new managerial changes at the secretariat at the weekend.

Pinnick has promised to appeal against the court ruling, while also applying for a stay of execution on the matter.

But FIFA, in a letter addressed to Amaju Melvin Pinnick, President of the NFF, and signed by Markus Kattner, its Acting Secretary General,

has warned against implementing the decision of the court because it contravened articles 13 and 17 of the FIFA Statutes which allows all member association to manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties.

“In addition and according to article 68 of the FIFA statutes, recourse to ordinary courts of law is prohibited unless specifically provided for in the FIFA regulations,” FIFA said.

Continuing, FIFA said, “Furthermore, it is the duty of each member association to ensure that these provisions are implemented by its members and possibly take sanctions against those which fail to respect these obligations.”

FIFA, therefore, added that, “In view of the above, the decision of the Federal High Court in Jos, if implemented, would likely be considered as an interference in the internal affairs of the NFF and the case wouyld be brought to the highest authorities of FIFA for consideration of sanctions, including the suspension of the NFF.”

FIFA reminded that, “Lastly, we would like to stress that the plaintiff in question already filed an appeal in relation to the same matter with the highest judicial sport authorities, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), and that said appeal was dismissed by the CAS on 18 may 2015.”