Football’s governing body FIFA has suspended Sri Lanka’s national federation, it said on Sunday, a month after issuing a “red notice” over governance issues. The warning came after the sports ministry introduced a regulation that reportedly compromised the autonomy and independence of national sports bodies, including the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL). This month the FFSL held an election, which reportedly fell short of standards agreed with FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), in which an ally of the sports minister became chair.
In a letter on Sunday, FIFA said the FFSL has been suspended “until further notice”.
The suspension prevents Sri Lanka — which is in the midst of a major economic crisis, partly blamed on corruption — from participating in international competitions.
Sri Lanka’s men’s team is ranked 207th and women’s 155th in the world.
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