Ar­gen­tine FA face Fifa ban

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ASUNCION: Fifa warned the Ar­gen­tine FA (AFA) on Wed­nes­day they face pos­si­ble sus­pen­sion if they do not ac­cept South Amer­i­can foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body CONMEBOL as ar­biter in vet­ting can­di­dates for AFA pres­i­den­tial elec­tions.

The warn­ing was made three weeks be­fore Ar­gentina’s cru­cial 2018 World Cup qual­i­fiers against Chile and Bo­livia.

The AFA voted for a mod­i­fi­ca­tion to an ar­ti­cle in their new statutes last week nam­ing the Col­lege of Lawyers of Buenos Aires and not CONMEBOL’s ethics com­mit­tee as the vet­ting body of po­ten­tial elec­tion can­di­dates for the March 29 vote.

World foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body Fifa and CONMEBOL said in a joint state­ment that all the re­gion’s foot­ball fed­er­a­tions recog­nised the South Amer­i­can body’s right to do the vet­ting.

“Fail­ure to com­ply ... could re­sult in a pos­si­ble sanc­tion, one op­tion be­ing a sus­pen­sion for the AFA,” the state­ment said.

Ar­gentina, who face Chile at home on March 23 and visit Bo­livia five days later, are look­ing to climb from fifth place in the 10na­tion South Amer­i­can group into the top four qual­i­fy­ing berths.

The team fin­ish­ing fifth go into a con­ti­nen­tal play­off. There are six rounds of matches to go.

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