Saturday, 22 November 2008

Peru: Blatter Gives Monday Deadline To Peruvian F.A.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has given the Peruvian Football Federation until Monday to resolve their issues with the country's government or face an international competition ban.

The Peruvian Institute of Sports (IPD) refuse to recognise Manuel Burga as the PFP president - a feud that has already caused Peru to be stripped of the right to host the 2009 South American U-20 Championship - and further sanctions will be forthcoming unless FIFA are satisfied that the government interference will stop.

"On Monday we at FIFA need to receive an official document in which the government ... and the football federation ... agree to solve the problem in a period of 10 days," Blatter explained at a Friday news conference in Chile.

"If we do not have this document by Monday the Peruvian federation will be suspended immediately."

The potential ban would effect not just the Peruvian national team, but also the participation of Peruvian clubs in international club competitions, including the Copa Libertadores.

Should the sanction be brought upon the federation, then three new spots would become available in the 2009 Libertadores - South America's Champions League equivalent - with the winners of the Copa Sudamericana likely to receive one of them, and the other two open for debate.

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