FIFA Reaffirms position on Third Party Interference as Sacrosanct

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Pursuant to the National Sports Council’s decision to suspend the president and three members of the Executive Committee of The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) and the subsequent rescinding of that decision, FIFA has written to the GFF, reaffirming that its position of no third party interference on member associations’ affairs is sacrosanct.

The world football governing body in a letter signed by its Secretary General Fatma Samoura said as already outlined in its letter dated 22 November 2017 regarding an earlier decision of the NSC dated 9 November 2017, it would like to remind that in accordance with Article14 paragraph 1 letter i), and Article 19 paragraph 1 of the FIFA Statutes, all member associations, including the GFF, are obliged to manage their affairs independently and without undue influence from any third party.

It further noted that failure to meet these obligations might, according to art. 14 par. 3 of the FIFA Statutes, lead to sanctions as provided for in the FIFA Statutes, including a possible suspension, even if the third-party influence was not the fault of the member association concerned.

Author: Momodou Jawo