FIFA reiterates stance on third party interference, FKF urged to uphold statutes

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World Football Governing body,FIFA, has written to Football Kenya Federation reiterating its stance on third party interference.

This comes after the Kenyan FA wrote to FIFA informing the Zurich based body on court cases leveled against FKF in regards to the upcoming elections scheduled to be held before December 7, 2019.

“We informed FIFA on the recent surge of court cases pitting the federation against third party individuals, acting in complete disregard to both the FKF and FIFA statutes. This was done as part of our regular briefings to the world football governing body on the ongoing FKF electioneering process,” said FKF Ag. CEO Barry Otieno.

“FIFA has since responded to our correspondence and reminded us of our obligation as their member and the need to conform to both the FIFA and FKF statutes,”

“Most importantly, FIFA has reiterated to us on its core principles, that prohibits recourse to ordinary courts, we have since taken note of the same and are in the process of communicating the content of the letter to all concerned parties,” added Mr. Otieno.

In a letter sent to the Federation on October 23, 2019, FIFA cited article 69 of the FKF Statutes, which prohibit submission of disputes affecting leagues, members of leagues, clubs, members of clubs, players, officials and other FKF officials to ordinary courts unless the FIFA regulations, FKF statutes or binding legal provisions specifically provide for or stipulate recourse to ordinary courts.

“FIFA takes this principle with the utmost seriousness and therefore considers that it is the responsibility of the member associations, including the FKF, to ensure that it is implemented at their level through a binding obligations on its members. We further wish to underline that a violation of this obligation by the FKF or its members may lead to sanctions as provided for in the FIFA Statutes, including a possible suspension,” continued part of the letter, signed by FIFA Acting Chief Member Associations Officer, Véron Mosengo-Omba.

The Sports Disputes Tribunal had earlier this week directed the FKF Electoral Board to carry on its nomination process, with a court case submitted to it set to be heard on November 5, 2019. A similar case filed at the High Court, meanwhile, will also be heard on November 20, 2019, this as the Elections body continues with its activities as outlined in its calendar.

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