After warning the Peruvian National Football Federation, Fifa has warned the Spanish football federation about the involvement from the government in their election for a new president could lose the national side their place at FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia.
Former World Cup winners Spain’s involvement at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia could be under threat after FIFA warned against alleged government involvement in their federation.
Preparations for a new election are already well underway, and according to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, the government’s National Sports Council have made contact with the RFEF over Villar’s eventual successor.
That would be in direct contradiction of Fifa’s strict rules.
According to article 16 and 19 of the FIFA Statutes, all member federations must manage their affairs independently and ensure that there is no interference by third parties in their internal affairs.
In case this is not followed, the case will be referred to the higher instances of FIFA for consideration and possible sanction could be the suspension of the team from FIFA World Cup.
Fifa can suspend the membership of any national football team if they judge the association has been influenced by external political pressure.
Now, it will be interesting to see that how seriously Spanish football federation takes this warning?