Report: Gama of Brazil Suspended
Jun. 30, 2000
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ Brazilian soccer team Gama on Thursday reportedly was suspended indefinitely from playing matches by FIFA.
The sport's international governing body accused Gama of violating a FIFA statute when it filed suit in a civil court against the Brazilian national federation. Gama protested the team's demotion from Division 1 in last year's Brazilian championship, Globo television said.
FIFA allows its clubs to file suit only in sports councils. If the CBF doesn't clear up the matter, it too will face punishment, according to several media reports.
For now, all Brazilian teams are prohibited from establishing relations with Gama.
FIFA's disciplinary commission plans to meet in September in Sydney, Australia, to re-evaluate the decision, the Jornal do Brasil news agency reported.
Gama president Agricio Braga said his club did not file a lawsuit. Attempts to contact CBF went unanswered.