FIFA suspended all qualifying and competition for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and suspended the involvement of Cuban athletes and promoters of sports events in Cuba until the country’s answer to the growing dispute between the country and FIFA can be legally negotiated.
In a statement on Monday, the Cuban Football Federation said that, as a result of the ongoing issues, it has suspended all sporting competition in Cuba until January 15, 2018. In addition, the number of Cuba’s athletes who qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be limited to 48, the statement said.
FIFA suspended all games and/or competitions during the 2018 World Cup in Russia
In an effort to prevent any such protests against FIFA that might go on throughout the World Cup in Russia, the CFF said that it would submit a memorandum explaining the reasons behind the suspension on June 14, 2015.
FIFA immediately suspended qualifying and preliminary competition and further, it ordered that, during the 2018 World Cup, all Cuban teams and non-Cuban teams will be banned from participating in international events, including domestic tournaments and national team competitions.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino told Spanish news agency EFE that the FIFA suspension was “necessary and certain.”
“Until 2015, Cuba was blocked from participation in major international tournaments in relation to our discriminatory guidelines, which only apply to those following the internationally observed international financial model,” Infantino said in a statement.
“The suspension was decided because other FIFA Member Member States cooperated fully in enforcing our rules.”
According to EFE, the suspension caused great concern by many Cuban athletes and the public, with Cuban sports authorities including the CFF saying that it was still awaiting a clear and definitive decision from FIFA.
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