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Roseau (Dominica), Football’s world governing body FIFA is threatening to penalize the Dominica Football Association (DFA) if it proceeds with plans to resolve a dispute in the local court.dominicateam

FIFA’s Ethics Committee member Primo Corvaro issued the warning after former DFA president Dexter Francis brought the Dominican football body to court over wages and the legality of Glen Etienne as DFA chief, reports CMC.

Francis raised his legal challenge three days before the delegate’s election scheduled for June 27 forcing the event to be pushed back to August 1.

“In the future, after the election, should there be any football stakeholder going to any ordinary court, he must be sanctioned and should there be any decision from any judicial authorities imposing something on the DFA, the case will be taken seriously by FIFA and CONCACAF, meaning that sanctions will come,” warned Corvaro as he met the press on Tuesday.

“You can’t leave the judicial system to take action, if that is done you can well imagine what will happen in that situation”.

Corvaro criticized the action by Francis to take the DFA to court, saying such a move will not be tolerated by FIFA.

He said FIFA plans to send officials to monitor the upcoming elections.

“What has been done by Dexter Francis and others was not tolerated and will not be tolerated. We listened to the executive of the FA and we made them an exception, we are taking big risks. We have not accepted what has happened… let it be known that it will not be accepted in the future,” said the FIFA official.

“I am warning that if there is another issue, don’t be surprised of the outcome.”

(IANS)

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FIFA expresses satisfaction over Guwahati stadium for U-17 World Cup

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Guwahati, March 26, 2017: A delegation of the world football governing body FIFA, accompanied by members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), on Sunday visited the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium here to assess the preparedness of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup venue.

The delegation was pleased with the preparations at the venue and the eagerness shown by the Assam government, according to a release.

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Addressing the media after the inspection, FIFA Head of Events Jaime Yarza was happy with the progress at the venue.

“The state government is wonderful and their eagerness to be a great venue for the first FIFA tournament in the country is worth lauding. We know how passionate the supporters are in this part of the country and hence, we’re very happy to see the developments and preparations here in Guwahati,” he said.

“There are minor issues to sort out — like development of a new hotel for teams but I believe we are well on schedule for the tournament.”

Tournament Director of the LOC, Javier Ceppi, was also pleased with the progress shown.

“The state government of Assam has really taken the leadership when it comes to making the World Cup a huge effort in their state. We are already working on all operational and promotional matters to make sure that all the people of Assam and of the neighbouring north-eastern states can enjoy World Cup matches in the north-east,” Ceppi reckoned.

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Speaking about the venue which includes the stadium as well as training sites, he added: “The development in the stadium is very satisfactory and we are sure that the FIFA U-17 World Cup will do justice to the vision of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal of making Guwahati the sports capital of India.”

Also present at the venue were Assam Sports Department Commissioner Ajay Tewari, Assam Football Association President Hemendra Nath Brahma and LOC Project Director Joy Bhattacharjya.

The delegation will finish their weeklong inspection at Kolkata on Monday. (IANS)

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