World Cup 2022: Tunisia threatened to skip over interference

FIFA has sent a letter to the Tunisian Football Federation following comments made by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Kamal Deguiche, referring to the dissolution of the Tunisian Football Federation’s Federal Office.

The France-Tunisia match may not take place in the next FIFA World Cup in Qatar from November 20 to December 18. On October 24, FIFA sent a letter to the Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) following the latest statements by Youth Sports Minister Kamal Deguiche, who mentioned the possibility of dissolving the federal office. A copy of this letter has been obtained by Media.

A federation must be independent

“It has come to our attention that state authorities want to interfere in the affairs and management of the FTF. In this regard, we would like to remind you that the member associations of FIFA are legally obliged to manage their affairs independently and without undue influence from third parties. Any breach of these obligations may result in sanctions provided for in the FIFA Regulations, which may go up to the suspension of the Federation concerned”, we read in this letter.

FIFA gave Tunisian leaders several days to assess the situation between the federation and the government. If the chances of elimination are very low, the situation will get worse and the Tunisians will lose the World Cup. If state interference is proven and the country is excluded from the World Cup, it will be necessary to find a replacement for the Eagles of Carthage in a Blues group that includes Australia and Denmark.

Italy, the best international nation in terms of non-qualifying nations for the World Cup, can once again dream of participating in the next World Cup. Meanwhile, calls for Iran’s exclusion have increased following the country’s leaders’ military support for Russia.

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