FIFA suspended Kuwait Football Association

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Who: Kuwait Football Association (KFA)
Where: Zurich, Switzerland
What: Suspended by FIFA
When: 16 October 2015
Why: For government interference

Zurich-based Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on 16 October 2015 suspended Kuwait Football Association (KFA) with immediate effect.

It was banned because of interference of the government officials in the running of the sports by the KFA.

The suspension will be lifted only when the KFA and its members (the clubs) are able to carry out their activities and obligations independently.

Effect of the decision

As a result of this decision and in accordance with the Paragraph 3 of Article 14 of the FIFA Statutes, no team from Kuwait of any sort (including clubs) can have any international sporting contact, and neither the KFA nor any of its members or officials can benefit from any development programme, course or training from FIFA or the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Earlier in 2007 and 2008 also, KFA was banned for government interference and the current ban could have significant ramifications for the February 2016 elections to decide upon a new FIFA leader.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, a former oil minister, is the honorary president of the KFA and Kuwait football team is presently ranked 128 in the FIFA rankings.