Bosnia suspended by Fifa

Authorities forced to take action as presidency row rumbles on

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Bosnia suspended by Fifa

Fifa: Forced to take action

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Fifa and Uefa have suspended Bosnia-Herzegovina from international football until further notice.

The authorities have taken action after seeing a row regarding the Bosnian football federation (NSBiH) rumble on.

Fifa and Uefa have previously informed the NSBiH that they must replace their three-man presidency with a single leader or face sanctions.

A general assembly in Sarajevo this week failed to find a solution to the problem, so a three-man leadership remains in place.

At present the federation consists of two associations: one a Bosnian Serb and another shared by Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats, headed by a Bosniak, a Croat and a Serb to reflect the country's ethnic division after the 1992-1995 war.

Regret

Fifa and Uefa have demanded that a solitary leader be put in place and believe they have no option but to bar the country from competition until the situation is resolved.

Friday's ruling means no NSBiH representative can take part in international competition until informed otherwise.

A joint statement by Fifa and Uefa added: "Fifa and Uefa deeply regret that this decision had to be taken and will meet shortly to discuss the next steps required to try to bring the NSBiH back into the football family as soon as possible."

Bosnia-Herzegovina currently sit fourth in Euro 2012 qualifying Group D, but will not be able to fulfil their next fixture against Romania on 3rd June unless they bow to Fifa and Uefa's demands.

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