FIFA suspends El Salvador from international tournaments

11:20, May 12, 2010      

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The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) on Tuesday suspended El Salvador from all international tournaments, considering the government interferes in issues of the national soccer.

The FIFA gave the Salvadorian government the time till June 8 to recognize the Normalize Commission and its statutes.

As long as the problem is not solved, the suspension will be ratified for at least one year by the FIFA Executive Committee, which will hold its Congress on June 10 in South Africa, sport sources said.

This suspension is foreseen till June 2011, and none of the Salvadorian clubs or national team could participate in regional or international tournaments sponsored by the FIFA.

As this sanction is of immediate effect, the clubs of Mayor League, Second Division and Third Division, will have to hire their own referees, non-affiliated to the FIFA.

In June 2009, the FIFA appointed a Normalization Commission to manage the finance of the Salvadorian Federation of Football (Fesfut), after the resignation of the last president Rodrigo Calvo, however the Ministry of Government of Salvador does not recognize the statutes of the Commission.

Salvadorian Interior Minister Humberto Centeno said the Commission was not the result of the general assembly's will.

The FIFA said the refusal of the Interior Minister is equal to an interference of the government, which is not accepted by the FIFA.



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