FIFA has clearly stated in its constitution that all its member federations must be free from governmental and political intervention.
The world’s football governing body, FIFA, has warned Tunisia that its national football team risks being barred from next month's World Cup in Qatar if the government continues to meddle in football-related activities.
The warning follows frequent statements by Kamel Deguiche, the minister of youth and sports for Tunisia, who spoke about the possibility of “dissolving federal offices of different disciplines”.
According to reports, FIFA has deemed Deguiche’s statement to be an attempt to tamper with the Tunisia Football Federation’s (FTF) management. The country's football federation has been asked to provide further information about attempts to influence its internal affairs and threats to disband its office.
Tunisians are now waiting to see how the football association and the government will respond to the warning. The association has been given just one week to respond.