Football: FIFA and UEFA lift ban on Bosnia after change of statute
last update: May 31, 12:29
Sarajevo, 31 May (AKI) - The world and European football federations FIFA and UEFA have lifted sanctions on Bosnia, banning it from international competition, after Bosnian football bosses agreed to a change of statute, bringing it in line with international standards, local media reported on Tuesday.
The world’s and European top football bodies in March banned Bosnia’s national team and clubs from international competitions because the statute of the Bosnian football association didn’t comply with international rules.
Copying Bosnia’s political model, the football association had a three-man presidency, representing Muslims, Serbs and Croats with chairman rotating every eight months.
But representatives of the three rival groups agreed last week to a change of statute, which provides for one man president with four year mandate. The new statute has built-in mechanism to prevent any group from over voting the others.
Bosnia is currently fourth in Group D of European 2012 championship qualifying competition. As a result of ban-lifting, it will be allowed to play against Romania in Bucharest on 3 June and against Albania on home grounds on 7 June.
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