FIFA suspends Peru over domestic football feud

November 26th, 2008 - 2:10 am ICT by IANS  

Zurich, Nov 26 (DPA) The ruling football body FIFA Tuesday banned Peru from international competition over a dispute between the nation’s government and football federation.FIFA said in a statement that the Peruvian football federation was suspended after a Nov 21 deadline was not met to clean up the affair.

Peru’s government of President Alan Garcia has refused to recognise the election of Manuel Burga as football federation president.

FIFA does not tolerate government interference. It said Peru’s membership will be discussed at executive commission meetings Dec 19-20 in Tokyo if the dispute hasn’t been settled by then.

Under the suspension, neither clubs nor the national team can play international matches. Peru continue their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign in March, ranked last in the 10-nation campaign.

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