FIFA suspends Kuwait FA in dispute over sports law

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The Football Association (KFA) has been suspended by due to government interference.

FIFA took action against the West Asian nation after a deadline until October 15 for changing a government sports law was not met.

“The suspension will be lifted only when the KFA and its members (the clubs) are able to carry out their activities and obligations independently,” FIFA said in a statement.

The suspension, which takes effect immediately, means Kuwait will not be eligible to continue their campaign in the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers, where they are currently second behind South Korea in Group G.

While their clubs are also banned from international competition, which saw prevented to defend their AFC Cup title.

The Kuwaiti giants won the first leg of semi-final 3-1 over Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim, but the ban could however result in the return leg being forfeited and allowing the Malaysian side to progress into the final for the first time in history.