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 By PA Sport

FIFA lifts ban for political interference on Kuwait

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah at the XXII ANOC General Assembly.
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is an influential figure in Kuwait.

One of football's longest political disputes has ended with FIFA lifting the suspension it imposed on the Kuwait Football Association in 2015.

FIFA announced its decision on Wednesday, saying: "This decision has been taken following official confirmation to FIFA that the Kuwait parliament has adopted a new sports law of Kuwait, which replaces all the previous ones and has been amended in order to be fully compliant with the FIFA statutes and requirements."

Many Kuwaitis have claimed it has fallen...

Iran official withdraws from Asian election for FIFA Council

Moya Dodd
Moya Dodd is a candidate for the FIFA Council.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Iranian official Ali Kafashian has dropped out of an election to join the FIFA Council, and officials from South Korea and Philippines have entered.

The Asian Football Confederation said on Thursday that four men are competing for three seats on the ruling council at a rescheduled election on May 8 in Bahrain. The contenders are Zhang Jian of China, Sheik Ahmad Al Sabah of Kuwait, Mariano Varaneta of Philippines and Chung Mong-gyu of South Korea.

The four contenders for...

AFC adopts FIFA election rule, clears Sheikh Ahmad to stand

Sheikh Ahmad will be allowed to stand for AFC elections in May.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- The Asian Football Confederation has confirmed a rule for elections to FIFA Council seats, allowing Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad of Kuwait to be a candidate.

The AFC says elections in May for FIFA positions will be "conducted under the terms of the FIFA regulations which allows any member association to nominate a candidate."

That is different from AFC election rules which require that candidates "shall be proposed by his football association."

Kuwait's national...

Kuwait face exclusion from Asian Cup if FIFA ban remains

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Kuwait will be removed from the 2019 Asian Cup if it is still suspended by FIFA on Dec. 18.

The Asian Football Confederation set the deadline on Friday, giving Kuwait three weeks to resolve a government-imposed law affecting the independence of national sports bodies.

The dispute involves ruling family politics linked to Olympic powerbroker and FIFA Council member Sheik Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah.

FIFA suspended the Kuwait Football Association in October 2015 when the national...

FIFA fine Kuwait for failing to play two Asian World Cup qualifiers

Kuwait did not play their final three AFC World Cup qualifiers due to a FIFA suspension.

FIFA have fined the Kuwait soccer federation 30,000 Swiss francs for failing to play two World Cup qualifying matches last month.

Kuwait have been suspended by FIFA and are unable to play on the international stage since October, because of government interference in how the federation is run.

The ban effectively ended Kuwait's qualifying chance with three games left to play.

FIFA says its disciplinary panel also reprimanded the Kuwaiti body for forfeiting games at home to Laos and at South Korea...