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Ethiopia suspended by Fifa

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Fifa has suspended the Ethiopia Football Federation
Football's world governing body, Fifa, has suspended the Ethiopian Football Federation with immediate effect.

The suspension means that Ethiopia could miss their next 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at home to Morocco on the weekend of the 5-7 September.

Fifa's Emergency Committee made the decision after the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) failed to comply with a roadmap agreed in February 2008 aimed at normalising the situation of the federation.

The EFF problems began in January when its general assembly fired the federation's president Dr Ashebir Woldegiorgis.

The assembly decided to get rid of the president for what they said was the "dismal" record of Ethiopian football and elected Ahmed Yasin to replace him.

However, the January meeting was not recognised by Fifa who met both parties to find a solution.

Fifa and the Confederation of African Football (Caf) then released a roadmap in February aimed at rectifying the situation.

The roadmap stipulated that Dr Woldegiorgis and his executive committee are the only leadership that Fifa and Caf would recognise and that another extraordinary meeting of the EFF should have been held on 29 March.

The agenda of the meeting would simply be a "motion of dismissal" of the Woldegiorgis' executive committee.

According to the EFF statutes, for this motion to be approved it would have to supported by two-thirds of the valid votes cast by the official delegates in a secret ballot.

In addition, the EFF offices were to be handed over to the recognised leadership of the association.

But the 29 March meeting never took place as Woldegiorgis was not allowed access to his office.

Now Fifa says that despite sending several reminders in recent months, none of the steps established in the roadmap have been taken.

see also
Ethiopia reject Fifa road-map
28 Feb 08 |  African

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