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Saturday, August 26, 2006
FIFA Election Monitors En Route to Nigeria

Back in May, I posted on FIFA efforts to suspend Cambodia's soccer federation after the ruling government engaged in manipulation of the federation's elections. In an effort at preventative shaming, FIFA has now decided to deploy election monitors to Nigeria to monitor Tuesday's election of a president for the country's soccer association. Given Nigeria's soccer prowess (currently 11th in FIFA's questionable world rankings), the state of soccer in that country is of far more international concern. Five candidates are vying for the soccer association's presidency. Although the candidates have engaged in a televised debate, critics have charged that few hard questions about candidates' ethics were raised. In a country where all major political parties have been charged with election rigging, it's no surprise that a soccer association could fall victim to the same sad state of affairs (as Greg noted in March, Nigerian soccer refs are permitted to accept bribes). Hopefully, international attention will be more lasting and effective than it has been in Nigeria's political arena.


Talking of football and law where do you stand on tackles like these?

Do you think it is a matter just for the football authorities?

Personally I believe that as these occasions are in the public eye they should be subject to public law. That tackle had nothing to do with football. Hence that would be an arrest for ABH.

Blogger Lennie Briscoe -- 8/26/2006 7:56 PM  

Politics and sport are no longer separated, but it’s good that there is an international concern over what happens in such countries.

Anonymous brenda -- 8/28/2006 3:41 PM  

How I wish FIFA can send representatives as official election monitor to monitor the said election as international observers,which I believe can reduce to the bearest minimum the issue of rigging.

Anonymous Uba Babs -- 9/30/2013 9:55 AM  

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