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FIFA suspend Cameroon and punish Togo
Jul 04, 2013 11:10 PM GMT
Cameroon have been suspended from FIFA World Cup qualifying due to government interference in footballing affairs.
The Cameroonian Football Association's (FECAFOOT) president Mohammed Iya was arrested in June for alleged mismanagement and embezzlement of his cotton company, which is reported to have lost almost €20 million in five years while he was a director.
The African nation will see their suspension lifted upon the appointment of a new chief, with a provisional deadline of March 31 2014 set by FIFA.
Cameroon were vying for a spot in the final round of qualifying for Brazil 2014 and had looked to have been handed a boost when they were awarded three points from a 2-0 loss to Togo on June 9.
However, Jacques Alexys Romao featured in the match for Togo, despite being suspended, resulting in the match being awarded 3-0 to Cameroon, although their extra points now count for nothing.
"The FIFA emergency committee has decided to provisionally suspend the Cameroonian Football Association (FECAFOOT) with immediate effect on account of government interference," FIFA confirmed in a statement.