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Fifa warns Spain of possible ban

Fifa president Sepp Blatter
Blatter has sent out a strong warning

Spain may be banned from international competition if their government tries to intervene in the election process of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

Fifa president Sepp Blatter is unhappy with a rule forcing Spain's non-Olympic sporting federations to hold elections before the Beijing Games.

"Spain would not be able to play at Euro 2008 and their clubs wouldn't continue in Europe," he said.

"A confrontation like this is no good for football or for the government."


Greece escaped a lengthy ban from international competition prior to the 2002 World Cup because of their government's involvement in footballing matters.

see also
Blatter hostile to overseas plan
15 Feb 08 |  Premier League
Blatter shock at Capello choice
07 Jan 08 |  Football
Greece escapes Fifa ban
30 Apr 01 |  World Cup 2002

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