FIFA threatens Nigeria with sanction over Jos court ruling

FIFA threatens Nigeria with sanction over Jos court ruling
April 11 22:20 2016

The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), has again threatened to wield the big stick on Nigeria over the alleged interference of her government with football administration in the country.

According to a letter sent to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on the crisis in the Glass House on Monday, the world football governing body noted  that implementing the Jos Court ruling would amount to interference in the internal affairs of the NFF.

The  Federal High Court sitting in Jos, had on Friday ruled in favour of the 2014 ruling by Justice Ambrose Allagoa, annulling the Warri Elective Congress that produced the Amaju Pinnick-led Board of the NFF.

FIFA in the letter emailed to the embattled Amaju Pinnick, dated April 11, 2016, noted that Chris Giwa’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for  Sports (CAS) had since been dismissed.

The letter signed by the Acting Secretary General of Fifa, Markus Kattner, warned that appropriate FIFA authorities might invoke relevant sanctions which may include suspension of NFF from football activities should the Nigerian Government go ahead to implement the Jos Court ruling.

The FIFA Letter

Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick


Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)


Zurich, 11 April 2016


Verdict of the Jos Federal High Court

Dear President,

We acknowledge receipt of your correspondence dated 8 April 2016 with regard to the ruling of the Federal High Court in Jos which apparently nullified the elections of 30 September 2014 of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).

In this respect, and first of all, we would like to remind you that according to articles 13 and 17 of the FIFA Statutes, all members associations have to manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties.

In addition and according to article 68 of the FIFA Statutes, recourse to ordinary courts of Law is prohibited unless specifically provided for in the FIFA regulations.

Furthermore, it is the duty of each member association to ensure that these provisions are implemented by its members and possibly take sanctions against those which fail to respect these obligations.

In view of the above, the decision of the Federal High Court in Jos, if implemented, would likely be considered as an interference in the internal affairs of the NFF and the case would be brought to the highest authorities of FIFA for consideration of sanctions, including the suspension of the NFF.

Lastly, we would like to stress that the plaintiff in question already filed an appeal in relation to the same matter with the highest judicial sport authorities, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and that said appeal was dismissed by the CAS on 18 May 2015.

We thank you for taking note of the above and kindly ask you to keep us informed of any development.

Yours sincerely,

1.(l Markus Kattner

Acting Secretary General