Male', MALDIVES - Acting Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Ali Waheed formed a Dispute Resolution Committee to resolve the ongoing problems related to Football Association of Maldives and Maldives football.
The chairman of the Dispute Resolution Committee is former national team captain Ibrahim Nooradheen and the other two members are Ahmed Shahir, who was also a member of the fact finding committee formed by then Minister Ahmed Mahloof and lawyer Shaheen Hameedh.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih instructed Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerement Ahmed Mahloof to stay home for the time being , due to their alleged involvement in the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) corruption case.
Ahmed Mahloof formed a fact finding committee to check the reason why Maldivian clubs missed the chance of getting the opportunity to play in AFC Cup 2019 and FAM requested for an advice from AFC regarding the matter and the governing body of Asian Football, AFC gave a warning saying that they will not entertain any third party interference.
"We would like to emphasize that Football Association of Maldives is an independent Non-Governmental Organization and the AFC stated that all Member Associations must fulfill their duties without any third party interference."
"Bearing in mind the above, rest assured that the Asian Football Confederation has zero tolerance towards any third party interference and the AFC is closely monitoring the situation in FAM." said n a letter addressed to the general secretary of FAM, Hussain Jawaz.
Last month the governing body of world football, FIFA has warned Maldives about a possible suspension if there is any influence from third parties.
In letter signed by the Secretary general of FIFA, Fatma Samoura, FIFA said that they take note with grave concern of the apparent undue influence in the activities of FAM, as well as several clubs affiliated to FAM by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment.
"We take this opportunity to firmly remind FAM of the contests of art. 14 par. 1 let. i) and art. 19 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes, which stipulate that all member associations are obliged to manage their affairs independently and without undue influence from third parties. Therefore, should the alleged interference of the Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment continue, this would be considered undue influence in the sense of the FIFA Statutes and the matter would be presented to the relevant FIFA bodies for consideration and possible action, which may include, amongst others, a suspension of FAM." FIFA said in the letter address to FAM.