World soccer governing body FIFA has warned that any interference in FUFA matters will result in Uganda’s suspension from international football.
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke in a communication dated July 19 to education and sports minister Hon. Jessica Alupo, reiterated the governing body’s requirement that all FIFA member associations manage their affairs independently and without influence of any third parties as stipulated in articles 13 and 17 of the FIFA Statutes.
“Any actions/measures taken unilaterally against the structures and/or status of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) would be considered as interference in the FUFA affairs and the case would be brought to FIFA’s higher instances for appropriate sanctions, which could include suspension.” Read the letter.
The letter is in response to Hon. Alupo’s letter dated July 16 following legal guidance from the Solicitor General for which government intended to “take appropriate measures in public interest with the objective of improving the management of soccer in Uganda”.
In the letter, Valcke advised government to provide clear guidelines on how the federation should proceed should it decide that FUFA still needs to undergo legal changes or modifications.
“Nevertheless, such changes or modifications should not affect the constitutional structure of the federation. FUFA went through deep changes with the adoption of a new constitution in August 2012 which is now in line with the FIFA standard statutes.”