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FIFA lift Cameroon suspension

ETTO 222GENEVA, Switzerland, July 22 – FIFA on Monday lifted its suspension of Cameroon’s football association, saying the organisation had addressed its concerns over government interference.

In a statement, FIFA said that Cameroon’s Fecafoot association had met “conditions previously set” after a normalisation committee began running the organisation Monday.

Earlier this month, FIFA banned Cameroon from international competition due to state meddling in Fecafoot.

FIFA statutes require that the game’s national governing bodies be able to conduct their affairs free from official control, and it said it would not lift the ban before a special committee created to organise elections for a new Fecafoot governing body next year had taken over the reins.

“The lifting of the suspension means that Fecafoot’s clubs, officials and other representatives can immediately resume their activities, which had been interrupted,” FIFA said.

This means Cameroon will be free to play in an all-important 2014 World Cup qualifier in Yaounde in September.

Cameroonian club Coton Sport will also be permitted to take part in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League, after being barred from hosting Sewe San Pedro of Ivory Coast at the weekend due to the ban.

FIFA however said it and CAF “will continue to closely monitor the situation, particularly in relation to the revision of the Fecafoot statutes.”

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