Should politicians intervene in sporting affairs?
Nigeria's president, Goodluck Jonathan, has revoked the two-year ban he imposed on the national football team from playing international matches, following its early elimination from the World Cup, as football's world governing body, Fifa, threatened to expel Nigeria from world football. Do governments have the right to intervene?
Fifa rules prohibit government intervention in its members' affairs. The governing body's president Sepp Blatter had already warned French president Nicolas Sarkozy of possible sanctions after he pledged to personally lead an investigation into France's acrimonious World Cup campaign.
England's Football Association has been criticised by a former UK sports minister. After England's exit from the World Cup, Richard Caborn commented that the Football Association is "not fit for purpose".
Is Fifa right to threatened expulsion from international games? Should governments be able to interfere with football? How could the involvement of politicians help improve national team performances?
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