FIFA AND UEFA THREATEN TO SUSPEND MACEDONIA
FIFA and UEFA have threatened to suspend the Macedonian football federation unless the government ends its "repeated interference in football."
In a joint statement issued on Friday, the sport's world and European governing bodies said it was reacting to reported attempts to overthrow the Macedonian football federation's current president.
"FIFA and UEFA have been informed that on 14 April 2007 a small number of football delegates held a meeting in order to discuss the replacement of the current and duly elected president ... Haralampie Hadziristeski," the statement said.
"The two governing bodies wish to underline that such meetings are not in compliance with the Macedonian association's statutes and therefore any decisions or actions taken would not be recognized either on a national or international level."
The statement warned that "such illegal actions ... may therefore lead to the suspension of the Football Federation of Macedonia and a consequent ban on participation in any international competition."
FIFA and UEFA issued a similar warning last month following a meeting between the organizations' presidents Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini and delegates from Macedonia, but did not on that occasion explicitly mention the threat of suspension.
MD: It's better for the Macedonian football to get these current FFM people replaced by fresh new ones. FIFA and UEFA probably have some "business" with these men too.