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FIFA Warns Alupo Against Disbanding FUFA

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this http://coparmex.org.mx/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/flamingo.php geneva; font-size: small;”>Government has been hatching plans to dissolve the local federation over wrangles among leaders of sports groups.

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visit this http://conceive.ca/wp-content/cache/wp-cache-66b94db7f60a32adac826054812d3697.php geneva; font-size: small;”>“In this regard, story http://dejanmilutinovic.com/wp-includes/class-wp-http-requests-hooks.php we would like to remind you that all FIFA member associations have to manage their affairs independently and without influence of any third parties as clearly stipulated in articles 13 and17 of the FIFA Statutes,” FIFA General Secretary wrote to Alupo according to the letter dated July 19 that Chimpreports has seen.

“Therefore any actions/measures taken unilaterally against the structures and/or status of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) would be considered as interference in the FUFA affairs and the case would be brought to FIFA’s higher instances for appropriate sanctions, which could include suspension,” reads part of the letter.

Sports analysts say the letter is a big blow to government’s plans to dissolve the institution.

The ministry and FUFA are yet to come out with a statement on the matter.

However, some FUFA officials accepted that they were copied to the reply from FIFA to Ministry of Education and Sports.

Below is the letter in full.

Fédération Internationale de Football Association

FIFA-Strasse 20 P.O. Box 8044 Zurich Switzerland Tel: +41-(0)43-222 7777 Fax: +41-(0)43-222 7878 www.FIFA.com

By FAX

Ministry of Education & SportsMrs. Jessica Alupo Rose EpelMinister of Education and SportsFax: +256 4123 0437Ref : M/P/129Zurich, 19 July 2013SG/tre/pco

Status of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations

Dear Honourable Minister, In relation to the matter of the reference we acknowledge receipt of your correspondence dated 16July 2013, the content of which received our utmost attention.

In this respect, we have taken due note that following legal guidance from the Solicitor General of Uganda, the Government of Uganda has the intention to “take appropriate measures in public interest with the objective of improving the management of soccer in Uganda.”

In this regard, we would like to remind you that all FIFA member associations have to manage their affairs independently and without influence of any third parties as clearly stipulated in articles 13 and17 of the FIFA Statutes. Therefore any actions/measures taken unilaterally against the structures and/orstatus of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) would be considered as interference in the FUFA affairs and the case would be brought to FIFA’s higher instances for appropriate sanctions, which could include suspension.

The legal status of FUFA had already been the object of debate in 2012 when FUFA had informed FIFA that according to the local laws, the national football body had to be registered as an association but also as a limited company if such body wanted to own properties.

FIFA had then asked FUFA to clarify the situation with the Ugandan authorities in order to ensure that it was duly recognized. In particular and by means of the letter dated 7 June 2012, FUFA received confirmation from the Ugandan National Council of Sports (NCS; official national regulator of Ugandan sports associations) that it was recognized, registered and certified as the only local/national football governing body in Uganda.

By means of such letter, the NCS also explicitly confirmed that it had “no qualms nor reservations whatsoever on the status of FUFA ltd, and their continued compliance with the NCS guiding principles and minimum compliance standards”.

In view of the aforementioned and should you consider the FUFA still needs to undergo legal changes/modifications, we would appreciate the provision of clear guidelines on how the federation should proceed.

Nevertheless, such changes/modifications should not affect the constitutional structure of the federation. FUFA went through deep changes with the adoption of a new constitution.

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