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FIFA Bans Nigeria From International Football

FIFA has banned all of Nigeria’s teams from international football, citing government intervention in its football federation.

Nigerian teams and officials are barred from all international matches and meetings, after football leaders were fired by the government following their World Cup exit during a dispute over player bonuses.

The statement, from FIFA’s emergency committee, reads “The FIFA Emergency Committee has decided today, 9 July 2014, to suspend the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with immediate effect, on account of government interference.” The ban took place immediately after the announcement on Wednesday.

The Nigerian government expelled the football federation administration and arrested federation president Aminu Maigari after he arrived home from Brazil. Players rebelled against the federation after not being paid shortly before they played France.

Now, no team from the country, male or female, will be able to play internationally if Nigeria doesn’t solve the problem before the July 15 deadline, CNN reports. This could affect Nigeria’s under-20 women’s team, which is scheduled to play in the under-20 Women’s World Cup next month.

Nigeria also received a similar temporary ban in the 2010 World Cup.

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