FIFA threat­ens le­gal ac­tion against Kuwait

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ZURICH: World foot­ball body FIFA has joined the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee in threat­en­ing le­gal ac­tion against Kuwait over the gov­ern­ment takeover of sport­ing bod­ies, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter ob­tained by AFP. The let­ter from FIFA sec­re­tary gen­eral Fatma Samoura also reaf­firmed that Kuwait would be kept in in­ter­na­tional iso­la­tion as long as the Kuwait Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is run by gov­ern­ment-named of­fi­cials fol­low­ing the pass­ing of a new sports law this year.

The IOC and FIFA sus­pended Kuwait in Oc­to­ber last year over al­leged gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence in sport. It is the sec­ond time in five years the state has been sus­pended. The let­ter to the state-backed KFA head Fawaz Mubarak Al-Ha­sawi, owner of English foot­ball club Not­ting­ham Forest, said: “FIFA hereby re­serves all its rights to take any ac­tion against all those who have been in­volved in any way, di­rectly or in­di­rectly, in the es­tab­lish­ment as well as any other ac­tiv­i­ties of the in­terim com­mit­tee.”

It added that the ac­tion could in­clude “claims for the con­se­quences of any dam­ages re­sult­ing from your il­le­gal acts”. The IOC sent a sim­i­lar warn­ing at the start of Novem­ber. The IOC and FIFA protested af­ter po­lice were used to forcibly take over the head­quar­ters of the Kuwait Olympic Com­mit­tee and the KFA. “FIFA will not ac­cept any of its mem­bers to es­tab­lish con­tact or sport­ing re­la­tions with the gov­ern­ment-ap­pointed of­fi­cials,” the FIFA sec­re­tary gen­eral said in the lat­est let­ter.

Fatma Samoura

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