Federation Internationale de Football Association could kick Spain out of the World Cup

Federation Internationale de Football Association could kick Spain out of the World Cup

Javier Howell
December 16, 2017

Federation Internationale de Football Association has warned Spain that their participation at the 2018 World Cup in Russia is under threat because of government interference.

It seems that the government believes an election necessary following the July suspension of incumbent president Angel Maria Villar after his arrest on corruption charges.

Spain could face the same punishment to that of Kuwait, who were charged with the offence of governmental interference with their federation.

Spain have been surrounded by political worries in recent months, and now Federation Internationale de Football Association have warned that they might be kicked out of the tournament if politics come into it.

FIFA added in its statement that "in the coming days" it will send a delegation, which will include representatives from UEFA, to Madrid to "observe and analyze the situation" of the Spanish soccer federation.

"We can confirm that FIFA recently sent a letter to the RFEF showing its concern with the situation the federation is in and reminding it that. all member associations should manage their affairs independently", FIFA said in a statement on Friday.

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EL Pais notes that the government wants a new election so as to formally bring an end to Villar's rule and make a clean break from what is subsequently described as a "questionable" regime.

A statement from the RFEF said its president Larrea had discussed the situation with Federation Internationale de Football Association members at the World Cup draw on December 1.

"The Federation is functioning normally, the national team earned their place [at the World Cup] on the pitch, and FIFA agree with us on that". It would lead to the country being kicked out of the 2018 World Cup should they not heed FIFA's severe warnings.

"The government's behaviour is exemplary and those in charge of the department for sport (CSD) have the total support of the prime minister".

However, the organisation made it clear that it wants Spain to participate in the world cup next year.