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FIFA threatens to seek damages against 'illegal' Kuwait Football Association

Fatma Samoura said FIFA reserves all rights to take actions against all those involved with KFA

FIFA threatens to seek damages against 'illegal' Kuwait Football Association
FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura. (Getty Images)

FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura has threatened to seek damages against “illegal acts” by the Kuwait Football Association (KFA) which violate FIFA’s statute requirements for independence.

In a letter to KFA chairman Fawaz al-Hassawi, Samoura criticised the association’s cancellation of two football clubs’ memberships in what she called an attempt to control the organisation’s voting power, reported insidethegames sports news website.

Kuwait was suspended from the International Olympic Committee in 2015 and banned from participating in the 2016 Olympic Games after the gulf state’s sports ministry launched a new sports law granting the government control over all sports bodies and national federations.

The law led to the dissolution of existing bodies such as the Kuwait Olympic Committee (KOC) and the Kuwait Football Association (KFA). They were replaced with government-backed rivals.

“FIFA continues to exclusively recognise the current President of the KFA, Sheikh Talal Fahad AI-Sabah, and the current secretary general, Saho AI-Shammari, as the duly elected and, respectively, authorised representatives of the KFA notwithstanding its current suspension by FIFA,” Samoura said.

"Furthermore, we reiterate that we recognise all current members of the KFA as being duly affiliated to the KFA. FIFA will not accept any of its members to establish contact or sporting relations with the Government-appointed officials who claim to be representing the KFA,” she said.

Samoura added FIFA will not recognise any action or decision taken by the Kuwaiti government or by the appointed interim committee in contradiction to the FIFA, Asian Football Confederation or KFA Statutes.

She said FIFA reserves all its rights to take any action against all those who have been involved in any way, directly or indirectly, with KFA and other activities of the interim committee.

“This includes all claims for the consequences of any damages resulting from your illegal acts,” she said.

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Alan Thompson 3 years ago

Well I know what Kuwait should say to FIFA, "Get Lost" and mind your own corrupt business. Really, how dare FIFA try and interfere in the affairs of a sovereign Country, Kuwait.

I do sincerely hope that Kuwait does NOT bow down to FIFA.

Fentoni 3 years ago

FIFA aren't interfering with the affairs of Kuwait. They're saying, "hang on you can't replace all of the duly elected FIFA representatives and put your own people in their place and expect us to act like we're fine with that" It's fair enough, FIFA aren't stopping food from entering Kuwait, they're saying if you want to participate in our football tournaments there are rules that every country, even North Korea, abides by and Kuwait is no exception.