There is still uncertainty surrounding FIFA’s decision about the Tunisian national team’s participation in the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, despite a number of reports concerning who might substitute the ‘Carthage Eagles’ in the event that FIFA opted to irrevocably exclude them.
Al-Jazeera website reports that FIFA warned the Tunisian Federation that if it appeared that the government was meddling in the running of the local federation’s business, the country’s participation in the final tournament of the World Cup in Qatar this year may be in jeopardy.
FIFA expressed its concerns in correspondence to the Tunisian Football Association last week after the country’s minister of youth and sports, Kamal Dokish, vowed to abolish some Federation committees and made some recent comments that irked FIFA.
FIFA Has Sent a Warning Letter to the Tunisian Football Federation
FIFA told Reuters that the letter was being sent, but it would not elaborate. The Tunisian Federation and the Tunisian Ministry of Sports have not yet responded to Reuters. According to the letter, the Tunisian Federation would face sanctions in line with FIFA rules, including suspension, if it did not uphold the independence of work.
The FIFA letter, according to numerous press sources, said the following:
“In this regard, we would like to remind you that member associations of FIFA are legally obligated to conduct their affairs independently and without influence from third parties (as per the FIFA Statutes). Any failure to comply with these obligations may result in the imposition of penalties under the FIFA Laws, including suspension of the relevant association.”
The International Football Association requested details regarding the influence of the government side in the functioning of the Federation and plans to dissolve it, and the Tunisian Football Federation responded in its most recent email, as reported by the Tunisian Mosaic website.
Although Italy Is Also in the Game, FIFA Has to Fill the African Quota if Tunisia Is Kicked Out
The Tunisian national team will be denied its seventh World Cup appearance after six prior appearances, the most recent of which was in the 2018 World Cup in Russia if it is disqualified from entering the competition. It is noteworthy that France, the defending champion, Denmark, and Australia were all placed in Group D with the Tunisian national team, whose chances to make it to the knockout stage are very slim looking at the odds set by sportsbook sections of the best Egyptian online casinos at https://topcasinoexpert.com/country/egypt/.
The Italian national team will be summoned to the World Cup in Qatar because it is the highest in the FIFA rankings, according to Italian media, in the event that the Tunisian team is disqualified from the tournament. Other African reports, however, contend that if Tunisia is denied entry to the World Cup in Qatar, FIFA might very well turn to promote an African team. This is because FIFA must award Tunisia’s share of the seats on the African continent to an African team by going to compare it to the best teams on the continent, like Egypt and Algeria, based on classification.