FIFA has given Portugal’s football federation (FPF) until September 14 to settle a legal dispute over club Gil Vicente which has disrupted the start of the new season.
According to the FPF Web site, FIFA had decided to hold a meeting of its emergency committee to consider suspending the FPF from all international tournaments if the situation remains unresolved
“This situation not only weakens soccer as well as affecting the integrity of competitions,” the Portuguese federation cited FIFA as saying.
The row concerns the relegation of Gil Vicente from the Premier League after they used an ineligible player, Mateus.
The club challenged the suspension of the Angolan player in a civil court, in a move which breaks league and FIFA rules.
The Portuguese federation said it was also considering invoking a sepcial edict which would annul the civil court’s decision and therefore avert a suspension from FIFA.
Gil were relegated to the second division last season and replaced by Belenenses.