FIFA, UEFA cancel Macedonian suspension

Updated: 22 June 2007 14:47 IST

FIFA and UEFA canceled the suspension of Macedonia's soccer association because government interference has ended.

FIFA, UEFA cancel Macedonian suspension

Nyon, Switzerland:

FIFA and UEFA canceled the suspension of Macedonia's soccer association because government interference has ended.

In a joint statement, the governing bodies of European and world soccer said the suspension was to be announced on Wednesday because the government had failed to act to end "external interference of various kinds" by the June 15 deadline.

Before the announcement could be made, however, the situation "was rectified." The officials recognised by FIFA and UEFA were allowed to return to the association's headquarters, the statement said.

Macedonian clubs will therefore be permitted to take part in European club competitions, it added.

The two soccer bodies will soon send a delegation to Macedonia to hold talks with all parties to the dispute.

The two bodies set the deadline last March after they accused the country's government of repeated interference in the association's affairs. It cited a January raid on the body by Macedonia's interior ministry, which detained several sporting officials.

FIFA and UEFA said the government was trying to undermine the association and its leaders' legitimacy.

FIFA has been taking a tough line on governments it suspects of interfering in the running of soccer federations, often suspending national teams from competitions until demands are met.



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