Arbitration court snubs factional NFF


The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected a request from a faction of the Nigeria Football Federation to restrict FIFA from suspending Nigeria from international football.

Eight people had jointly appealed to CAS on September 5 to stop FIFA from sanctioning Nigeria following a leadership crisis in the NFF.

But FIFA had decided not to suspend Nigeria after Chris Giwa vacated the position of NFF President and Musa Amadu resumed as General Secretary of the body.

CAS wrote in its bulletin on Monday, “On September 5, 2014 Yahaya Adama, Obinna Ogba, Musa Talle, Effiong Johnson, Chidi Ofor Okenwa, Busari Ishola, Mohhammed Saidu and Tijani Jubril (collectively, the Appellants) filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the FIFA Emergency Committee’s decision of September 3, 2014 that it would suspend the NFF in the event that persons claiming to be elected and occupying the offices of the NFF had failed to vacate their offices at the NFF by September 8, 2014, 8.00am Swiss time.

“Together with their statement of appeal, the Appellants filed an urgent request for provisional measures by way of “(a]n Interim Order restraining the Respondent (FIFA) whether by themselves, their servants, agents, officers, directors, legal representatives and others whomsoever from suspending, excluding, removing, foreclosing and/or banning the Nigerian Football Federation or the Federal Republic of Nigeria from participation howsoever from international and or FIFA organized football events, pending the hearing and final determination of the Request for Arbitration dated 5 September 201 by CAS”.

FIFA later noted that two cumulative conditions mentioned in the Emergency Committee’s decision dated September 3 had been complied with and that therefore the NFF would not be suspended.

“In light of the foregoing, the Appellants’ request for provisional measures was rejected by CAS since it was without object at this stage,” CAS added.

On Tuesday, FIFA wrote to the NFF stating that Nigeria would not be suspended since “positive steps” had been taken to resolve its governance crisis.

But the world football body warned that it would immediately suspend Nigeria “should the electoral process be affected by any interference or mishap” until FIFA’s congress in May 2015.

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