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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 May 2007, 15:39 GMT 16:39 UK
Blatter warns Kenya once again
Sepp Blatter
Blatter is losing patience once again with Kenyan officials

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has issued a fresh warning to the Kenyan government against meddling in the running of the Kenyan Football Federation (KFF).

Blatter said that the country could face sanctions during the congress of world football's governing body on 30-31 May.

"If the government doesn't stop interfering in football, the Congress will take action," warned Blatter.

"The Congress can suspend an association for a year. We're appealing to Kenya and their government: 'let the players play'."

"In Kenya, football is being held hostage by politics. The players deserve more respect," he added.

Blatter's comments come a month after he reacted with fury upon learning that a government structure was intervening in the running of the sport.

Just one month after returning to international football in March, the government announced plans to set up a 'caretaker committee' to run the KFF.

Fifa has set 31 May as the date for fresh elections in the KFF which has been involved in power struggles since being elected in December 2004.

Kenya was suspended from international football because of a failure to fulfil a 28-point agreement reached in Cairo last year and which called mainly for the scrapping of parallel bodies managing the sport.

The ban was only lifted in March after an intervention by the Confederation of African Football, which had sent two top officials to Kenya to mediate in the row.

Kenya was previously suspended in 2004.



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