Spain will be barred from international competitions if their government continues to intervebe in the running of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), FIFA president Sepp Blatter has warned.
“If the Spanish government, through their Sports Council (CSD), continue to interfere in footballing affairs they will have to recognise that their clubs and national team will be excluded from international tournaments,” Blatter said.
“It would be tough, but it would only take six hours to call a FIFA emergency committee meeting to hear and decide upon Spain’s exclusion.
“Spain would not be able to play at Euro 2008, and their clubs wouldn’t continue in the Champions League or UEFA Cup.”
Blatter’s backing for RFEF president Angel Maria Villar comes after the CSD called for all sporting federations not involved in the Olympic Games to hold elections before Beijing 2008, which takes place in August.
“It (government intervention in football affairs) is not a new problem for FIFA,” Blatter added.
“It first occurred in Portugal where a letter from us was sufficient to change the law governing sport.
“In Greece, we had to suspend their federation indefinitely and everything was sorted out in 48 hours. “We don’t have a crisis situation at present. The RFEF have called a general assembly to ratify FIFA’s new electoral code and to call an election at the end of the year. We have a small fire but we don’t need the firefighters yet.
“FIFA is like the United Nations but has more members and is more powerful.”