Jun
05
2007
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Poland and Kenya in contravention of FIFA statutes

Poland and Kenya in contravention of FIFA statutes

Under the leadership of chairman Viacheslav Koloskov, the FIFA Associations Committee met on 31 January at the Home of FIFA in Zurich and issued a strong reprimand to governmental authorities who continue to interfere in affairs in the football communities of Poland and Kenya in clear contravention of internationally accepted standards and the FIFA Statutes.
Polish football could face dire consequences should Polish minister of sport Tomasz Lipiec not reverse his decision to appoint a commissioner to head the Polish Football Association (PZPN) – contrary to the roadmap jointly agreed upon during his visit to Zurich on 16 October 2006 – or allow the internationally recognized administration of the PZPN to organize elections by 31 March under the supervision of FIFA and UEFA observers. Such non-compliance with FIFA principles will prevent the PZPN from establishing an executive board in the line with the new statutes ratified by its general assembly on 7 January, thus risking a suspension for the association and all of its members (clubs, players, officials) from all international contact, participation in international competitions at all levels, the organization of international matches and the appointment of officials for international duties, as well as freezing voting rights and access to FIFA Financial Assistance Programme payments.
As for the Kenya Football Federation (KFF), the committee lamented the fact that despite recent improvements in relations with the football community in the east African nation, the problems are still far from being resolved due to the Ministry of Sport’s systematic obstruction of progress and the National Sport Committee’s interference with the KFF and local clubs. The associations Committee decided that unless the Kenyan government and its ministry of sport had made a clear commitment by 28 February 2007 that they would fully respect the FIFA Statutes and comply with the roadmap established to normalize football in the country, the KFF’s suspension would continue for the foreseeable future, without any likelihood of change.
The committee also reviewed the status of situations in the football associations of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, Macedonia, Peru, Senegal, Togo, Turkey and Tunisia, and noted with satisfaction that progress had been made in a number of cases, yet agreed to continue to monitor each of them closely.
An application for membership of FIFA from the Montenegro Football Association was another topic addressed by the committee. After reviewing the file, the committee decided to recommend to the Executive Committee that the Montenegro FA be put forward as FIFA’s potential 208th member at the FIFA Congress in May 2007.