FIFA suspends Zimbabwe and Kenya

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has confirmed the suspension of Zimbabwe and Kenya with immediate effect.

World football's governing body has placed the two African countries under suspension due to the interference of their respective governments on footballing matters.

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In November 2021, Kenya's Ministry of Sports suspended the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and appointed a caretaker committee to take charge of soccer activities in the country, while the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) was also placed on a temporary ban by the Sports and Recreation Commission in November 2021.

In a statement on Thursday, FIFA president Infantino said: "We had to suspend two of our members, Kenya and Zimbabwe, both for government interference in the activities of football associations.

"The associations are suspended with immediate effect.

"They know what needs to be done for them to be readmitted or for their suspensions to be lifted."

ZIFA is accused of alleged acts of sexual harassment of female referees by technical staff, as well as allegations of fraud.

According to Goal, FIFA also issued a letter explaining the FKF's wrongdoing, citing "the appointment of the caretaker committee – chaired by Aaron Ringera – and the arrest of FKF president Nick Mwendwa and the transfer of his functions as some of the reasons that informed their decision".

The Kenyan federation's representatives and club teams are thus not allowed to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted.

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It was also confirmed that the Kenyan body will lose all its membership rights as of 24 February 2022, until further notice. 

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