December 20, 2008 / 12:57 PM / 10 years ago

Soccer-FIFA lifts bans on Peru, Samoa and Kuwait

TOKYO, Dec 20 (Reuters) - FIFA has lifted bans on the national associations of Peru, Samoa and Kuwait, soccer’s world governing body said on Saturday.

Peru and Kuwait were suspended for political interference, while Samoa was punished for mismanagement in October.

“We are not the police but we have our statutes and we ask that that they are correctly respected,” president Sepp Blatter said after FIFA’s executive committee meeting.

“It was possible in Peru to bring people and the politicians together, for the time being. We hope it will continue to work.”

Blatter warned, however, that Kuwait’s reprieve could be reversed at FIFA’s June congress in the Bahamas unless political meddling stopped.

The 1982 World Cup qualifiers have been suspended twice in the last 15 months.

“We have lifted Kuwait’s ban — temporarily,” said Blatter. “If the laws in Kuwait have not been changed to give autonomy to the sports organisations then it will go to congress.

“If congress decides to suspend Kuwait, it will last at least one year.”

Reporting by Alastair Himmer; Editing by Ken Ferris

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