Tuesday, April 16, 2024

FIFA Suspends Sri Lanka After “Red Notice”

FIFA announced on Sunday that it has banned Sri Lanka’s national federation, one month after giving it a “red notice” for governance problems.

That warning came after the Ministry of Sports introduced a raft of regulations that reportedly compromised the autonomy and independence of national sports bodies, including the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL).

This month the FFSL held an election, which reportedly fell short of standards agreed upon with FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and in which an ally of the sports minister became chair. In a letter Sunday, FIFA said the FFSL was suspended “until further notice.”

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