Jonathan suspends Nigerian football

Where do I start?

I think this stupid. I can’t find words to describe how stupid it is.

President Goodluck Jonathan has directed that Nigeria withdraws from international competition for two years to enable the country to put its house in order

-Ima Niboro

 I’m weak. I can’t even say anything. So we didn’t do so great in South Africa so we ban football for two years.

What is this? N.Korea?

 “Knee-jerk” might not be the right word but it is the first word that comes to mind.

If any financial misappropriation is discovered, all officials responsible will be held accountable

Why must Nigeria fall my hand on a daily basis? What did I do?

Under Fifa rules, government interference with national teams is strictly forbidden.
“At the time of writing, we have no official information on this matter,” a Fifa statement read.
“However, in general, Fifa’s position regarding political interference in football is well known. Our statutes do not allow for any political interference.”

Did anyone tell Jonathan we could get banned by FIFA after this “reform”?

FIFA Ban > Jonathan Ban

What happens to the local league? What happens to a player like Lukman Haruna? How will he ever play in the Premiership if he can’t get a work permit? English work permit rules require you to have played 75% of your countries internationals in the past year. If there are no international matches…

Nigeria’s risks their national and club teams, plus referees, being banned from all international competitions – and their officials would not be allowed to attend meetings or events.

Did anyone think this through? Is Jonathan on his period? Is he cramping? Does he need midol? Is this a ploy to make us forget that independence day budget? #JambQuestions

The French did a lot worse than we did at the World Cup. In fact, the whole French situation was just shameful.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has warned France may be banned from international football if its government interferes in the running of the national side.
Blatter said he was sending a “clear and clean message” to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who criticised the team after a dismal World Cup campaign.

Jonathan, why?

Sarkozy has called for change within the French Football Federation (FFF), and during the tournament in South Africa he asked his sports minister Roselyne Bachelot to speak to the players, leaving them in no doubt about his view of their conduct.
Since the squad’s return to France, Sarkozy has held talks with striker and former captain Thierry Henry, while Jean-Pierre Escalettes has resigned as FFF president.
The FFF has issued an apology to the French public and been savaged by the media, but Blatter is adamant that interference from governments in its affairs will not be tolerated.

It’s not like any decision FIFA would make would be unjust.

“We will help the national association and if it cannot be solved by consultation, then the only thing we have is to suspend the federation.
“Definitely, I can tell you that political interference will be dealt with by Fifa notwithstanding what kind of interference and what is the size of the country.”

Is that office full of Igbo people? Surely, someone could have googled this. Precedence has been set

The Fifa Emergency Committee has suspended the Iraq Football Association due to government interference.
This week the Iraqi Olympic Committee disbanded the IFA and security forces seized control of its headquarters. 


Obama wants a playoff in college football, do you see him banning the NCAA until it has been instituted?

This makes no sense. None at all.

UPDATE: As predicted

Fifa will expel Nigeria from world football unless the country’s government overturns a two-year ban of the national team by Monday 1700 BST.

UPDATE II: No more balls?

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan dropped a threat Monday to suspend the national football team from playing because of its poor World Cup showing and corruption allegations.
In a statement, Jonathan’s office said the decision came after a meeting Monday with the Nigeria Football Federation. The federation’s executive committee fired the organization’s president and vice president Sunday in an effort to appease Jonathan.


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