Tunisian players must have a few cold sweats learning the information. Fifa, organizer of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (November 20 – December 18), has warned Tunisia of a possible exclusion of the country from the World Cup. The reason ? A conflict between the Ministry of Sports and the Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) could be seen as interference by the Tunisian government in the affairs of the FTF.
A letter from FIFA to the Tunisian Federation
“It has come to our attention that state authorities appear to be interfering in the affairs of the FTF, including considering the dissolution of the Federal Office of the FTF”alarmed Fifa in a letter addressed to the Tunisian Federation and revealed by the radio Mosaic FM. Before adding: “In this regard, we would like to remind you that FIFA member associations are statutorily obliged to manage their affairs independently and without undue influence from third parties. »
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If the exclusion of the Carthage Eagles does not seem the most likely hypothesis, the FTF must explain itself in the coming days, as well as the Tunisian sports ministry. This pressure from Fifa could reduce tensions at least until the World Cup, for fear of risking Tunisia’s place in the World Cup. Italy is likely to follow the situation closely since it is the best placed nation in the world rankings and could be drafted.