Deadline nears as Bosnia face football ban

Updated: 22 March 2011 13:06 IST

UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino on Monday reiterated European football governing body's threat to suspend Bosnia-Hercegovina if required changes are not made to the country's football federation (NSBIH) statute.

Paris:

UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino on Monday reiterated European football governing body's threat to suspend Bosnia-Hercegovina if required changes are not made to the country's football federation (NSBIH) statute.

FIFA and UEFA have threatened to exclude Bosnia from international competition unless it accepted changes aimed at replacing the NSBIH's ethnic-based tripartite presidency by a single president.

The NSBIH rejected the demanded changes in July but FIFA and UEFA have given them until March 31 to change their minds.

Meanwhile, an NSBIH spokeswoman told AFP in Sarajevo that the federation's assembly was to meet again on March 29, two days before the deadline expires, for a new vote.

The Serb member of the NSBIH's presidency Bogdan Ceko said it was "difficult to forecast" the outcome of the vote.

"The new delegates (of the NSBIH assembly) were elected (since the last vote) and I'm rather optimistic, but it does not depend on me," he told AFP.

The NSBIH assembly has 60 delegates, 20 from each of Bosnia's three ethnic communities - Croat, Muslim and Serb.

Topics : Football Bosnia-Herzegovina
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