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Friday, 11 January, 2002, 12:33 GMT
Fifa suspends Bangladesh
Bangladeshi fans at an international against India
Bangladeshi fans will not be able to follow their side
Bangladesh have been suspended from international football by Fifa.

The decision comes after the president of the Bangladesh Football Federation suspended the organisation's executive committee in December last year without giving a reason.

Fifa said: "The suspension prevents your national association from participating in any international football activities and from having the right to vote at the Fifa and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) congress.

"This suspension will apply until the situation returns to normal, namely the elected Executive Committee members are re-installed in accordance with Fifa and AFC decision."

The suspension means Bangladesh will not be able to host the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Cup later this month.

The event was due to start in Dhaka on 26 January, with Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhuttan, the Maldives and Sri Lanka playing.

BFF sources said they would give their reaction on the suspension on Friday.

The president of the BFF, SA Sultan, was appointed by the new government after the Bangladesh Nationalist Party won a landslide victory in a general election in October last year.

Fifa suspended the Football Association of Tanzania in October 2000 after the body's executive committee was dismissed by the government on suspicion of corruption.

Tanzania was reinstated when FIFA decided there was no longer government interference.

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