Spain threatened with World Cup ban over government interference

Erica Murray
December 16, 2017

Former World Cup winners, Spain, could be banned from next year's tournament in Russia, after FIFA warned against alleged government involvement in their federation.

Football's governing body sent a letter to the Spanish football association (RFEF) stating that the government must not interfere in its elections, after reports in the country.

That would be in direct contradiction of Fifa's strict rules - which would rule any involvement from the Spanish government as political interference in the football federation.

Spain won the World Cup for the first time in 2010 and are one of the favourites to lift the trophy in Russian Federation next year.

FIFA added the associations must be assured that their internal affairs do not get affected by third parties.

The information from El PaĆ­s warns that the CSD (National Sports Council) has requested a meeting with the leaders of the RFEF to try to redirect the case, although the RFEF also claim not to have received any notification. The RFEF wants everything to return to normal, that has always been the main objective of the current board of directors.

Should FIFA take exception to Noceda's proposed action, they could expel Peru from the World Cup and replace them with one of the teams who failed to qualify.

Ramos said: "I can't believe we could miss out due to such a dispute". It would lead to the country being kicked out of the 2018 World Cup should they not heed FIFA's severe warnings. If the national federation were to be suspended, Spain's team would not be allowed to play at next year's World Cup.

Spain's possible exclusion from the tournament comes just weeks after Italy, who have been knocked out of the World Cup, may yet find themselves taking part in Russian Federation, next summer.

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