Football’s governing body FIFA has suspended the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL).
According to Sri Lankan media, the suspension is due to third party interference in matters related to the FFSL and complaints over the Sri Lanka football elections.
“We hereby inform you that, as a result of the decision taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council on 21 January 2023, the FFSL has been suspended until further notice in accordance with article 16 of the FIFA Statutes,” FIFA said in letter to FFSL on Sunday.
As a result of the decision, the Sri Lankan national and club teams can no longer participate in international competitions until the suspension is lifted.
“Consequently, with effect from 21 January 2023, the FFSL has lost all of its membership rights, as defined in article 13 of the FIFA Statutes, until further notice. The FFSL representative and club teams are therefore no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted,” the letter added.
“This also means that neither the FFSL nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any development programmes, courses or training from FIFA and/or the AFC.
“Moreover, we would remind you and your affiliates not to enter into any sporting contact with the FFSL and/or its teams while the FFSL is suspended.
“Finally, the Bureau of the FIFA Council or the FIFA Council may lift this suspension at any time before the next FIFA Congress takes place. Should this occur, we will inform you accordingly.”