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Nigeria not backing down from ban threat

05/07/2010 11:31:29 PM Comments (0)

FIFA says the Nigerian government has not indicated it will reverse a decision to ban the national team from playing, just hours before a deadline to withdraw the threat.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says he has no feedback from Nigeria that President Goodluck Jonathan is changing his mind.

FIFA will suspend Nigeria from world football at 6pm. (1600 GMT) because its rules forbid governments to interfere in football.

Jonathan said last Wednesday that the team should not play for two years in order to restructure Nigerian football after its World Cup exit from the first round.

A FIFA suspension also would stop Nigerian club teams, referees and officials from taking part in international football.

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