Fifa re-issues political warning

Fifa re-issues warning after WC reactions from Nigeria and France

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Fifa has re-issued its warning over political interference in football after Nigeria and France's reactions to going out of the World Cup.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has banned the national side from competition for two years after their poor World Cup Group B campaign.

His decree also includes the Nigerian Football Federation being dissolved and an interim board appointed.

His action comes after Fifa president Sepp Blatter had already warned France's government against meddling in the French federation's affairs after their World Cup fiasco.

Under Fifa rules, national associations can be suspended or even expelled if there is such interference, a sanction the world governing body's communications director Nicolas Maingot was keen to point out once more.

Worst sanction

Maingot said: "The worst sanction available is that a national association can be expelled but this is not related to either of the two cases.

"In terms of Nigeria we have received official information from their government.

"We are looking at both cases. Fifa has a very clear position on political interference but it is premature to speak further about either case."