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| FIFA threatens Nigeria with suspension on ban|
| Updated at: 1450 PST, Friday, July 02, 2010|
JOHANNESBURG: Football governing body FIFA gave Nigeria 48 hours to reverse its decision to ban the national football team from international matches following its poor showing at the World Cup.
FIFA's general secretary Jerome Valcke said he would meet the Nigerian executive member representing Nigeria at FIFA to discuss the decision. "Nigeria went too far and Nigeria will be suspended if they don't change their position in the next 48 hours," Valcke said.
"You can't allow a government to say all national teams can't play anymore in any international tournaments," said Valcke. He said the decision to suspend Nigeria would be in line with the governing body's efforts to retain the independence of football from political interference.