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FIFA appoints temporary committee in banned Gambia

July 10, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA will appoint a temporary “normalization” committee to run the troubled Gambia Football Federation’s affairs until new elections are held.

The world body on Thursday said the decision comes after the current GFF board “lost the confidence of several major stakeholders.”

Gambia is banned from international competition after being found guilty of age-cheating by the Confederation of African Football. The GFF was suspended for two years in April.

FIFA says, “It seems any decision taken by the current board would be perceived as biased and therefore could only worsen the situation.”

Five people will be chosen to temporarily run the GFF and organize new elections by no later than Sept. 15. The small West African country has never qualified for a major international tournament.

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