Following the ouster of the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick by a Federal High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State last week, world soccer governing body, FIFA has threatened to sanction Nigeria.
FIFA on Monday said in a letter dated April 11, 2016 and signed by its acting secretary-general, Markus Kattner that the ruling by the court is classed as “interference.”
The statement read: “The decision of the Federal High Court in Jos, if implemented, would likely be considered as 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.
“All members associations have to 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 law 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.
Fifa also noted that it is the second time that Chris Giwa has resorted to legal action as well as a futile appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) in his attempt to run the country’s football affairs.
“We would like to stress that the plaintiff in question already filed an appeal in relation to the same matter with the highest judicial Sport authorities, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and that said appeal was dismissed by the CAS on 18 May 2015.”