Two clubs kicked out of CAF Champions League as FIFA suspends Sudan FA

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Al Hilal and Al Merreikh have been disqualified from the CAF Champions League after the nation was punished for government interference

FIFA has suspended the Sudan Football Association (SFA), leading to two of the nation's teams being disqualified from the CAF Champions League.

Al Hilal and Al Merreikh, who were due to be in action in the competition on Friday as Group A concluded, have been expelled.

Al Merreikh were due to face Etoile du Sahel in Tunisia, with already eliminated Al Hilal hosting Ferroviario Beira of Mozambique.

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But both matches have been cancelled, with Etoile du Sahel and Ferroviario Beira therefore progressing to the quarter-finals.

The suspension comes after FIFA issued a warning last month when a new SFA president was installed by the Sudanese government, Mutasim Gaafar Sir Elkhatim replaced by Abdel Rahman Sir Elkatim.

"FIFA has decided to suspend the Sudan Football Association (SFA) with immediate effect in accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council dated June 27 2017," a FIFA statement read.

"FIFA has taken note that, despite the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council, the decree of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice of June 2 2017 has not been declared null and void. As a consequence, FIFA has been obliged to suspend the SFA in accordance with the aforementioned decision adopted by the Bureau of the FIFA Council.

"The suspension will be lifted only once the decree of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice of June 2 2017 is declared null and void and the Board of Directors of the SFA with its President, Dr Mutasim Gaafar Sir Elkhatim, is reinstated.

"Following its suspension, the SFA loses all its membership rights as defined in art. 13 of the FIFA Statutes. The SFA representative and club teams are no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted."

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