Five shortest FIFA bans in world football history


World football’s governing body lifted the suspension of the Indian Football Federation (AIFF) on August 25.

World football governing body FIFA has lifted the suspension imposed on the Indian Football Federation (AIFF). FIFA revoked the ban after the Supreme Court repealed the Committee of Administrators (CoA) which was appointed to lead the federation. The SC also handed over the management of the administration to the AIFF. In a separate ruling, the Supreme Court also amended the federation’s electoral program as required by FIFA’s statutes.

FIFA announced the Bureau Council’s decision on Friday evening (August 26), making the length of the suspension (11 days) one of the shortest in history. However, it is not the shortest ban imposed on a footballing nation. Here we take a look at the five shortest bans imposed by FIFA.

5. Chad (2021) – 188 days

Chad was banned by FIFA in 2021 (Courtesy Pan African Vision)

FIFA has suspended the Chadian Football Federation (CFF) for interference by its government in the management of the football federation. Following Chad’s disqualification from CAN 2016, the country’s sports ministry dissolved the federation in March. This led FIFA to ban Chad in April.

The ban was finally lifted after six months once the government abrogated the national committee it had created to run the federation and returned powers to the football federation.

4. Benin (2016) – 31 Days

Benin national football team
FIFA has lifted the ban on the Beninese Football Federation after a month (Courtesy Nigerian Sport)

FIFA banned the Beninese Football Federation (FBF) on May 11, 2016, after legal intervention in the West African country prevented the holding of the federation’s presidential elections.

A statement from world football’s governing body said: “The Beninese Football Federation (FBF) has been suspended with immediate effect due to a recent injunction from a local court which prevented the holding of scheduled elections. “

However, FIFA lifted the ban on June 11 once the elections were held.

3. India (2022) – 11 days

The shortest FIFA bans
Indian football’s suspension by FIFA only lasted 11 days (Courtesy Khel Now)

After India’s Supreme Court removed former AIFF President Praful Patel and his executive committee from office for violating the country’s National Sports Code and appointing a Committee of Trustees (CoA) of three members to run the day-to-day affairs of the federation, it was considered “third-party interference” by FIFA. As a result, FIFA suspended India with immediate effect on August 15.

In its suspension letter to the federation, the world body set out its conditions for lifting the ban. He said the CoA must be repealed entirely and administration returned to the AIFF. FIFA also required the federation to hold its elections based on the pre-existing membership structure which only allowed state associations to be part of the electoral college and canceled the electoral college’s quota for prominent footballers.

Following a request from the Ministry of Sports, the Supreme Court dissolved the CoA and also changed the AIFF election scheme as required by FIFA regulations. On August 25, FIFA lifted the ban. He made an official announcement a day later.

2. Nigeria (2014) – 9 days

Nigeria football team
Nigeria was banned in 2014 (Courtesy The Mirror)

After a round of 16 first leg of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) sacked its executive committee. A Nigerian court then handed the charges of the federation to a public official, which resulted in the interference of a third party. FIFA suspended the federation on July 9 for violating its statutes.

However, the ban was lifted after just nine days after the court overturned its order and reinstated the federation.

1. Iraq (2008) – 2 days

Iraq national football team
The Iraqi Football Federation has been banned twice by FIFA (Courtesy Arabian Business)

In May 2008, FIFA suspended Iraq ahead of the 2010 World Cup qualifier against Australia. This happened due to the interference of the Iraqi government in national operations after the dissolution of the National Olympic Committee and the dissolution of sports federations.

However, once the world governing body received a letter advising that the Iraqi Football Association was exempt from dissolved federations, the ban was revoked after just two days. This is the shortest ban imposed by FIFA on a football association so far.

It is important to note that Iraq was banned again in 2009 for similar interference. This time the ban lasted for a year before the nation was restored.

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