Spain May Get Expelled From 2018 FIFA World Cup For Interference in RFEF Elections, Warns FIFA
Madrid, Dec 15: The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Friday threatened Spain, Winner of the 2010 Football World Cup, to expel it from next World Cup scheduled to take place in Moscow next year. The governing body, in its warning, said Spanish government led by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy should not interfere in the elections of Spanish Football Association.
FIFA is currently conducting the investigations into the elections of the association after its former president, Angel Maria Villar, was forced to step down after the charges of corruption. [Also read: 2018 FIFA World Cup Final Draw Announced, Find Out Where All 32 Teams Have Been Grouped]
FIFA, in a statement, said that a joint delegation of its officials and UEFA will visit the country to assess the situation at Spanish Football Association.“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,” said FIFA in the statement.
FIFA added the associations must be assured that their internal affairs do not get affected by third parties. “All associations must be assured that there is no outside interference from third parties in its internal affairs. FIFA is in contact with the RFEF and in the next few weeks a delegation of FIFA and UEFA members will travel to Madrid to analyse the situation the RFEF is in.” added FIFA.[Also read: 2018 Fifa World Cup Draw: Spain, Portugal ready for early duel; Germany handed tough games]
However, the organisation made it clear that it wants Spain to participate in the world cup next year. “We underline that we all want the national team to participate in the 2018 World Cup, especially after its brilliant qualifying campaign,” Said FIFA.
PM Mariano Rajoy expected the country will repeat the stunning success of 2010 football world Cup. “I cannot contemplate that scenario, I’m absolutely convinced Spain will go to the World Cup and that we are going to win it,” BBC quoted Rajoy as saying.