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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 September, 2004, 12:10 GMT 13:10 UK
Blatter expects action on Addo
By Osasu Obayiuwana
BBC Sport

Blatter said Caf must comply with the order on Addo

Fifa president Sepp Blatter expects Caf to comply with the ten-year ban placed on disgraced Farah Addo by expelling him from their referees commission.

Addo, a former Caf vice-president and president of the Somali Football Federation, received the sanction for diverting funds given to his home nation under Fifa's financial assistance programme.

The Somali's ban precludes him from participating in any football-related activity within a national association, confederation or Fifa.

"After the African Football Confederation received our decision, they told us that only their executive committee can remove a member of a committee," Blatter told BBC Sport.

"As a result, they will deal with this matter on the first and second of October, when they meet in Cairo."

They have no alternative. The decision is in execution
Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Caf communications director Suleimanu Habuba told BBC Sport that the meeting has now been scheduled for the 23rd and 24th of October.

Blatter said Africa's football governing body has no choice but to comply with the Fifa directive on Addo.

"They have no alternative. The decision is in execution because no appeal was filed against it.

"As you know, he was also deprived of his right as president of his national Olympic committee at the Olympic games."

In a previous interview with BBC Sport, Addo claimed that his criticism of Blatter's election to the Fifa presidency in 1998 and 2002 was responsible for his ban.

But Blatter, who subsequently sued Addo for libel in a Swiss court, denied misusing his presidential powers to hound the Somalian out of the football fraternity.

"I have nothing to do with the ban.

"The disciplinary committee, following a report from our auditors KPMG, took the decision according to the facts.

"He was invited to come to Fifa and defend himself but he didn't.

"I had a court case with him a couple of years ago but that is over now," he said.

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