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 FIFA.com 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, Goal.com