FIFA warns Nigeria after football leader arrested

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm •  Published: July 4, 2014
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Nigeria could be suspended by FIFA after the country's football federation leaders were removed from office and its president was arrested on returning from the World Cup.

FIFA warned Nigeria's government on Friday it must reinstate the federation's executive committee by Tuesday or risk a ban.

"FIFA has also taken note of the detention of NFF President Aminu Maigari carried out by representatives of the Department of the State Security Service," the governing body said in a statement.

The turmoil follows Nigeria's 2-0 loss against France in the second round on Monday.

Nigeria's government also reacted aggressively after the Super Eagles' 2010 World Cup exit. Then, state President Goodluck Jonathan threatened to shut down the national team for two years before FIFA intervened.

FIFA rules protect its 209 member federations from government interference, and a suspension bars teams and officials from taking part in international matches and meetings.