FIFA President Gianni Infantino has sounded a note of warning to Nigeria by revealing that the nation risks being banned from football if the current crisis troubling the NFF continues.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been engulfed in a full blown crisis due to the battle for supremacy between incumbent president Amaju Pinnick and Ambassador Chris Giwa.
Italian-Swiss Infantino was speaking about the NFF crisis during a press conference in Moscow ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia.
In his words via ESPN, the former UEFA Secretary General said: “The situation is very clear. We have statutes, we have regulations that there can be no interference in the running of the association.”
“For this reason, Pinnick is working here in an official capacity. He is the president recognized by FIFA, he is the president elected by the members of the Nigeria football association and that is the end of the story.
“If any external body thinks that they can change the situation, then of course Nigeria will risk being banned as it has happened with other countries because we have processes that need to be respected.
“It is a very clear cut and simple case as far as we are concerned,” Infantino added, “and we have made this very clear.
“Maybe you can help us transmit it if we didn’t come across very clear enough.” The FIFA President concluded.