The FIFA president has revealed that the NFF may have to be banned as stipulated in the world football authority’s rules if embattled president, Amaju Pinick is not reinstated.
The FIFA president said this while addressing journalists on the sidelines of the ongoing World Cup in Russia.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, had two weeks ago directed the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF Executive Committee to leave office following a Supreme Court’s verdict which ordered the re-listing of the case at the Federal High Court in Jos.
Pinnick and Chris Giwa are the key figures in the leadership crisis in the NFF.
According to Infantino,
‘The situation is very clear. We have statutes that there can be no interference in the running of an association. Amaji Pinnick is the president recognized by FIFA. He is the president elected by members of the NFF. And that is the end of the story. If any external body thinks they can change the situation then, of course , Nigeria risks being banned.
‘‘We have democratic processes that have to be respected. It is very clear-cut and simple. If this didn’t come clear enough, you could help us transmit that message. ’’
It remains to be seen if the government will heed FIFA’s warning by rescinding its decision on the matter or wait until the body bans the country from all its competitions.