FIFA threatens to suspend Oman

FIFA threatens to suspend Oman
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Published July 8th, 2012 - 12:54 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Oman could be suspended from qualifying for the 2014 World Cup and other international competitions by football's governing body Fifa if a recent court ruling is enforced.

Times of Oman has learnt from a reliable source that Fifa President Sepp Blatter has written a letter to Oman's Ministry of Sports Affairs, warning over the ramifications of breaching rules by clubs taking football disputes to the courts.

Oman have reached the final group stage of the World Cup qualifier and have already played their first three games against Japan, Australia and Iraq.

As the Paul Le Guen-coached side are due to play their next World Cup qualifier in October against Jordan, Fifa has warned it faces "immediate and indefinite suspension" if the court verdict is implemented.

"Such a suspension would jeopardise the participation of Oman in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers and other international competitions, and would also entail that neither the OFA nor any of its members or officials could benefit from any development programme, course, or training from Fifa or the AFC while the OFA is suspended," Fifa said in a statement.

Three football clubs of Oman —Oman, Seeb and Muscat— sought a ruling to invalidate the results of the OFA elections held last year.

The court has ordered the ministry to declare the invalidity of the resolution of the OFA general assembly. Fifa, however, has reiterated the elections were held legally, in the presence of its observers.

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