FIFA sends a letter to Serbia FA
Following the decision made by the FIFA Executive Committee on 21 May 2012 to allow the FIFA member associations to play international friendly games with teams of the Football Federation of Kosovo (FKK), which is not a member of FIFA, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke sent a letter to Mr Tomislav Karadzic, President of the Serbia FA.
This letter states that “following repeated written requests from the Football Federation of Kosovo (FFK) over the last two years, the FIFA Executive Committee agreed during its meeting of 21 May 2012 to allow the FIFA member associations to play international friendly games with teams of the FFK, which is not a member of FIFA. This decision has been made on the basis of article 79 of the FIFA Statutes, which foresees the possibility that FIFA members may play against non-members (such as FFK) provided FIFA gives its authorization. It is to be noted that the European members of the FIFA Executive Committee abstained during the decision.
We would like to stress that the FIFA Executive Committee made clear that such authorization does not constitute a step towards FIFA membership, which depends on other considerations. In particular, and according to both the current and draft statutes of FIFA, as long as FFK is not a member of UEFA it cannot be a member of FIFA. The decision was intended purely to support the development of our sport.
As discussed today in Budapest, we would like to invite you to a meeting at the home of FIFA in Zurich on 31 May 2012 at 13 hours (1 pm), together with representative of the UEFA. In this meeting we will be able to discuss the implications of the decision and the modalities of its implementation. The conclusions of our meeting will then be submitted to the extraordinary meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee which is planned for 4 July 2012.”
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