Tunisia ‘could face EXPULSION from the World Cup next month if their government interferes in footballing matters as FIFA send a warning to the African nation’s federation’, with less than a month to go until their World Cup opener with Denmark
- FIFA have warned Tunisia they are at risk of being expelled from the World Cup
- FIFA members are required to operate without any legal or political interference
- Minister Kamel Deguiche has made comments that are seen to be interfering
- The governing body has contacted Tunisia’s football federation seeking clarity
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FIFA have warned Tunisia that they are at risk at being expelled from the World Cup next month if the country’s government interferes in football matters.
The warning from the world governing body comes after several comments from Tunisia’s Youth and Sports Minister, Kamel Deguiche about the possibility of ‘dissolving federal bureaux’, according to BBC Sport.
Member federations within FIFA are required to operate without any legal and political interference.
FIFA consider the statements of Deguiche as attempts to get involved in the running of the Tunisian football federation (FTF) and has asked the federation for clarity about attempts to interfere in its internal affairs, along with the warning about dissolving its office.
FIFA have also reminded the FTF that its member associations are ‘legally obligated to conduct their affairs independently and without undue influence from third parties’.
‘Any failure to comply with these obligations may result in the imposition of penalties under the FIFA laws, including suspension of the relevant association,’ said a letter from Kenny Jean-Marie, FIFA’s director of member associations, to the general secretary of the FTF, Wajdi Aouadi.
FIFA has set a deadline of Friday for the FTF to reply clarifying its position after the comments of the minister.
Tunisia could be at risk of being expelled from the World Cup due to political interference
FIFA have warned the Tunisian Football Federation to clarify comments made by ministers
It is not the first time FTF has been under the microscope in recent times, with Tunisian club side Chebba accusing it and its president, Wadie Jary, of purposely misleading the Court of Arbitration for Sport in April 2021 before the legal body later ruled in the club’s favour.
If the FTF do receive sanctions from FIFA, it would mean no Tunisian club could compete in continental or international competitions, while crucially it would also mean that Tunisia would be expelled from the World Cup.
Tunisia are in Group D at the tournament and face France, Denmark and Australia in Qatar, having previously never qualified from the group in five previous appearances at the World Cup.
Tunisia have qualified just five times for the World Cup and have never made it past the group
If FIFA are to act in regards to Tunisia, it would not be the first time they have taken steps this year in regards to government interference.
Both Kenya and Zimbawbe are currently serving suspensions due to government interference, while India also served a short-term suspension in August as a result of ‘undue influence from third parties’.
Tunisia kick off their World Cup game against Denmark on November 22.