Uganda is on the verge of a ban from international football, World Football governing body FIFA has warned, according to a circulating letter on social media seen by this website.
FIFA’s General secretary has written to FUFA to express concern over the local authorities ongoing investigations into Moses Magogo’s World Cup Tickets saga.
However, the authenticity of the letter is yet to be proved, and FUFA CEO Edgar Watson has not confirmed reception of a letter from FIFA.
Magogo, the FA’s president, was recently suspended by FIFA for two months and told to pay Sh37M after entering into a plea bargain with FIFA.
Reports suggest that Uganda’s Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID) has been investigating the Magogo case.
Makindye West MP and the case’s Whistle bowler Allan Ssewanyana, FUFA CEO Edgar Watson, FUFA president Moses Magogo and ‘world cup ticket agent’ Peninah Kabenge have all been summoned by CID reports suggested.
The Letter reads in part:
FIFA has received information that the Ugandan authorities wish to open further investigations into the matters of Mr. Moses Magogo, the FUFA President.
Whereas FIFA respects the laws of the land where it’s members associations operate, it imperative to note that the offenses Magogo entered plea Bargain with FIFA are exclusively FIFA regulations.
It is therefore our duty to inform FUFA that any acts that may lead to violations of FIFA statutes Act 14 per 1(I) may lead to sanctions up to suspension of FUFA. Suspension of FUFA will automatically imply suspension of FIFA forward funding and participation of Uganda National Football team and representative clubs from International football.
Fifa rules protect football from government intervention, with power to suspend members who do not manage their affairs independently.