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Pinnick/Giwa Face-Off: FIFA Threaten To Ban Nigeria

World football governing body have allegedly warned Nigeria from enforcing the judgement of a high court which nullified the election that brought Amaju Pinnick and his board into the Nigeria Football Federation.

 

A Jos Federal High Court on Friday ordered the NFF President Pinnick to vacate his position following the annulment of the 2014 election that brought him into power.

 

The NFF have appealed the judgement while Chris Giwa, who brought the court case, has declared himself the new President and even made some appointments.

 

However,  FIFA have waded into the crisis after the Pinnick-led NFF called for the world governing body's intervention. 

 

According to an NFF release signed by Ademola Olajire, FIFA's letter issued a subtle threat to ban Nigeria if the crisis is not resolved.

 

The FIFA letter, attached to the NFF release and signed by Markus Kattner, FIFA Acting Secretary General, claims that the court verdict constitutes interference, especially as the Court of Arbitration for Sport had already ruled on the matter.

 

A portion of the letter reads: "…in this respect, and first of all, we would Iike to remind you that according t articles 13 and 17 of the FIFA Statutes, all members associations have t0 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 Iaw is prohibited unless specifically provided for in the FIFA regulations. 

"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. 

"In view of the above, the decision of the Federal High Court in Jos, if implemented, would likely be considered a5 an interference in the internal affairs of the NFF and the case would be brought to the highest authorities of FIFA for consideration of sanctions, including the suspension of the NFF…" 

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4 Comments

  1. Reply Post By Michael Omotor

    If you mr Giwa have any brain at all, then listen to Fifa warning.You were warned 2014 as well. Besides anyone desperate for power always end up under performing and directionless.Go away lucifer.

  2. I THINK FIFA MAY BE BLUFFING AND HOW AUTHENTIC IS THIS SO CALL FIFA LETTER OR SOMETHING. FIFA WILL USUALLY GIVE A DEADLINE FOR THE REINSTATEMENT OF WHOEVER IS THE FIFA RECOGNISED CHAIRMAN, BUT NOT IN THIS CASE. MAYBE AFTER SOMETIME THEY WILL GIVE A DEADLINE. WHATEVER, WHETHER AUTHENTIC OR NOT, NIGERIANS HATE THE NFF. ME MYSELF, I JUST HAVE THIS DISLIKE FOR NFF. I KNOW CORRUPTION IS A REASON BUT THERE ARE OTHER REASONS THAT I AM STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT. THEY ARE NOT WORKING AT ALL. OUR FOOTBALL SHOULD BE MOVING FORWARD BUT I DO NOT SEE ANY GROWTH BUT I SEE OUR FOOTBALL AS STAGNANT. I CAN'T SAY MOVING BACKWARD (WHICH IS THE OPPOSITE OF MOVING FORWARD), BUT STAGNANT. STATIONARY. ON ONE SPOT. NO PROGRESS. WHATEVER IT IS OUR FOOTBALL IS NOT MOVING. THE BLAME? NFF. NFF. NFF AND MORE NFF. FROM WHAT I HAVE GATHERED SO FAR, 90% OF RESPONDENTS TO THE NEWS IN VARIOUS WEBSITES WANT THE BAN TO COME AND LET US REST. WETIN SEF. THEY ARE TIRED OF NFF ANTIC AND STUPIDITY. MY MIND WANTS ME TO JOIN THIS CROWD BUT ON SECOND THOUGHT, I SEE IT AS INJUSTICE ON OTHER NATIONAL TEAM SQUADS LIKE THE OLYMPIC, UNDER 17, 20, 23, FEMALE FOOTBALL, CAF, ECOWAS ETC. HOW I WISHED IT WILL BE JUST THE SUPER EAGLES THAT WILL BE BANNED, I WOULD HAVE WANTED IT MORE THAN ANYONE!! AS IT IS NOW, ALTHOUGH IT IS PAINFUL, CHRIS GIWA SHOULD STEP DOWN. IF THIS BAN COMES BECAUSE OF SELFISHNESS, HE WILL BE HATED NAD IT WILL BE ON RECORD THAT HE WORKED AGAINST THE INTEREST OF THE NATION. THE SPORT MINISTER WILL BE CALLED QUESTION. WHAT ROLE DID HE PLAY IN ALL OF THIS. THIS IS A CASE FIFA HAS SETTLED SOMEHOW AND WE HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT IT ONLY TO WAKE UP ONE MORNING TO READ THAT THE SPORTS MINISTER HAS INVITED AMAJU AND GIWA TO A MEETING TO SETTLE THE MATTER. WHAT MATTER!!!!!!!? IT MADE THE SPORT MINISTER LOOK LIKE A DAFT. HE LOOK SO DEVOID OF KNOWLEDGE OF SPORTING MATTERS. HE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL AND FOOTBALL MATTERS. THIS IS THE RESULT. I AM SURE IT WILL BE RESOLVED. THE MINISTER MUST HAVE REALISED THAT GIWA WANTS TO USE HIM WITHOUT TELLING HIM THE LIKELY RESULT. IT MAY DAMAGE THEIR SO CALL FRIENDSHIP ESPECIALLY IF NIGERIA BANNED, WE MISS THE OLYMPIC FOOTBALL AND BUHARI FIRE HIM. FOR HIS OWN GOOD HE SHOULD PREVAIL ON GIWA TO CALL IT A DAY. I PITY AND SYMPATHISE WITH GIWA, BUT HE SHOULD JUST LET GO. POINTS HAVE BEEN MADE AND LESSONS LEARNT. HE WILL HAVE MORE RESPECT IF HE LET GO.

  3. Reply Post By Saint Palmer

    A former FARMER should be the CHAIRMAN of the association of farmers, a former BUS CONDUCTOR, and public transport DRIVER should be in charge of the GARAGE,a retired MECHANIC should look after the affairs of the Mechanics, How can people like ODEGBAMI and others, who made their names playing for and serving this country but never come near NFF CHAIRMAN SEAT and people like PINNICK,GIWA and other who am not played the game at all are battling over the post, this is just crazy, this has been going on for years and we are still it, But what can you say really, When even the SPORT MINISTER don't know anything about THE SPORT itself.

  4. Reply Post By Cardodds

    Okay this is just another Nigeria blah blah blah, I won’t want a ban for us, but we need new sport-knowing persons on sit.

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