FIFA Hits Football Association Of Brunei With Global Ban

World football's governing body has banned the BAFA for government interference...
World governing body FIFA has slapped the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (BAFA) with a global ban for government interference in BAFA's affairs. The decision was made by its executive committee during a meeting in Rio de Janeiro last week.

"The Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (BAFA) was suspended due to government interference in its affairs, which started with a decision by the Brunei authorities to dissolve the BAFA and to replace it with a new association in December 2008," a statement on reads.

"The suspension applies with immediate effect and means that Brunei club DPMM will no longer be permitted to play in the Singapore S-League. The suspension will run until the BAFA is reinstated by the government."

Furthermore, the Executive Committee supported the creation of a normalisation committee for the Grenada Football Association and an interim committee for the Syrian Football Association.

FIFA is also closely monitoring the situation within a number of other associations, including Iraq, Kuwait, Togo, El Salvador and Peru.

Stefan Coerts,