The suspension imposed on Sri Lankan football by FIFA has been lifted after receiving assurances that political influence will not interfere with the sport within the country, as confirmed by the local federation on Tuesday.
The Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) stated that it had received correspondence from FIFA, officially rescinding the ban that had been put in place back in January.
In their communication, the global governing body for football acknowledged the steps taken to organize fresh elections for the FFSL next month. Additionally, assurances from the sports ministry were acknowledged, assuring that the FFSL could operate independently of government intervention.
The local board was informed that FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) would maintain vigilance over the situation until the elections scheduled for September 29, 2023.
Sri Lanka’s men’s national football team holds a world ranking of 204th, while their women’s team is positioned at 153rd.
It’s worth noting that the World Rugby governing body also suspended Sri Lanka in May due to allegations of political interference impacting the management of the sport.
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