| PETALING JAYA (1 Oct 2009) – FIFA’s Executive Committee has suspended the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (BAFA) because of government interference in the affairs of the AFC Member Association.
According to a FIFA media release, Brunei authorities had dissolved BAFA and replaced it with a new federation in December 2008.
The suspension, which applies globally, means Brunei and their clubs are unable to take part in any international competitions.
The suspension will be lifted only when BAFA are reinstalled by the government.
The Executive Committee – which includes AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam, Thailand’s Worawi Makudi, Korea Republic’s Chung Mong-joon (Vice President) and Japan’s Junji Ogura – also agreed to an interim committee for the Syrian Football Association.
In addition, FIFA will closely monitor the situation of other Member Associations, including Kuwait and Iraq.