Bosnia-Herzegovina excluded from football family

FIFA and UEFA have suspended Bosnia-Herzegovina from all football tournaments after its federation refused to replace a three-member presidency with a single leader.

FIFA says they “deeply regret that this decision had to be taken.”

Bosnia’s national and club teams, referees and officials are now barred from taking part in international football.

FIFA and UEFA officials will meet soon to discuss the future possibility of bringing the country back into the football family. As the first step, the world’s and Europe’s football governing bodies could install an emergency committee to run the federation.

Bosnia’s federation presidency is shared by a Bosnian, a Croatian and a Serb, which contradicts the FIFA and UEFA standards. Bosnian Serbs opposed the single president plan in a vote on Tuesday because they fear it could jeopardize their autonomy.

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