FIFA suspends Benin from world football

World football governing body, FIFA, has suspended Benin from world football with immediate effect following a court decision that blocked the holding of election by the country’s football association.

The decision was taken by the FIFA Council, the supervisory and strategic body that sets the vision for FIFA and global football, according to a statement by FIFA. The statement said: “In accordance with art. 38 of the FIFA Statutes, the Benin Football Association (FBF) was suspended with immediate effect due to a recent injunction by a local judicial court which impeded the holding of the due election.

“The FIFA Congress will vote on the confirmation of the suspensions on the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI), the Football Association of Kuwait (KFA), and the Benin Football Association (FBF).” With the suspension, Benin will miss the Africa Cup of Nations Group C qualifiers.

The Council also ratified the decision of the bureau of the Council to appoint a “normalisation committee” to run the daily affairs of the Guinea Football Federation (FGF).

The FIFA statement said Uruguay was appointed as the host country for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018 (20 November – 13 December).

The Council also agreed to bring forward the event dates for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 by one day to take place between 6 and 16 December.

Regarding the bidding process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, the Council agreed on a four-phase process: a new strategy and consultation phase (May 2016 – May 2017), enhanced phases for bid preparation (June 2017 – December 2018), bid evaluation (January 2019 – February 2020) culminating in a decision in May 2020.

It said the consultation phase will focus on four areas:

*The inclusion of human rights requirements, sustainable event management, environmental protection in the bidding

*Principle of exclusion of bidders that do not meet technical requirements

*Review of the current stance on joint bids

*Number of teams

It said while the consultation process should finish by May 2017, the decision on the number of teams, formats and the eligibility of confederations to bid is expected for October 2016