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FIFA lifts Mali Football Federation suspension


<p><span class="caps">FIFA</span> has lifted its suspension of Mali’s Football Federation (<span class="caps">FEMAFOOT</span>) which took effect on March 17 this year. </p> <p>Mali was banned from global football after the country’s Sports Minister dissolved the Executive Committee of <span class="caps">FEMAFOOT</span>. </p> <p>The move was in line with <span class="caps">FIFA</span>’s dislike for government interference in the game of football. </p> <p>The lifting of the suspension however comes on the heels of a reversal of the Malian Sports Minister’s decision to dissolve the Executive Committee. </p> <p>“The Bureau of the Council was informed of the new decision of the Minister of Sports (28 April 2107), which annuls decisions (8 March 2017) that they had dissolved the <span class="caps">FEMAFOOT</span> Executive Committee and set up a provisional committee to manage the day-to-day affairs of the federation and to facilitate the election of a new executive committee Within twelve months. Therefore, the Executive Committee of <span class="caps">FEMAFOOT</span>, chaired by you, has been resettled,” a statement from <span class="caps">FIFA</span>’s General Secretary, Fatma Samoura read.</p> <p>“In these circumstances, the Bureau of the Council decided to lift the suspension of <span class="caps">FEMAFOOT</span> with immediate effect. Consequently, <span class="caps">FEMAFOOT</span> again benefits from all of its membership rights in accordance with Art. 13 of the <span class="caps">FIFA</span> Statutes”, the statement further noted. </p> <p>FIFA’s action thus clears Mali to participate in the upcoming U-17 Africa Cup of Nations tournament scheduled to kick off in Gabon from May 14. </p> <p>The West African nation was due to be replaced by Ethiopia if the suspension had continued beyond April 30.</p>
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