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Old 12-05-2011, 18:56   #27
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Fifa & Uefa confirm progress with Bosnia-Herzegovina Football Federation over suspension

Uefa have confirmed they have met with Fifa and the normalisation committee of the NFSBiH (Bosnia-Herzegovina Football Federation) at Fifa headquarters in Zurich as they work towards the aim of lifting the ban inflicted on the Bosnian association.

Fifa and Uefa confirmed on April 1 that Bosnia-Herzegovina had been suspended from international competitions until further notice.

The reason for the suspension was that members of the country's federation voted against a proposal to comply with Fifa and Uefa regulations that commanded the NSBiH to switch from a three-man inter-ethnic presidency to a one-man presidential system last year.

On April 12, Fifa's emergecy committee appointed the normalisation committee to ensure progress was made within the Bosnian federation.

Following today's meeting, Uefa confirmed the NFSBiH has until May 26 to accept the statutes, and they are confident an agreement can be reached.

A statement released by Uefa reads:

"The normalisation committee of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Federation (NFSBiH) met today with representatives of Fifa and Uefa at the home of Fifa in Zurich. This working meeting had been scheduled in order to discuss the process in relation to the statutes of the NFSBiH and the work of the normalisation committee in this regard.

"The members of the normalisation committee, led by chairman Ivica Osim, were greeted by Fifa president Joseph S. Blatter and Uefa president Michel Platini, who congratulated the committee for their work and efforts and assured them of the support of the two organisations they head.

"At the conclusion of the meeting, Fifa and Uefa expressed their satisfaction with the work of the normalisation committee, which is making good progress in both the statutes process and the improvement in management of the federation. Fifa and Uefa are confident that the statutes will be approved by the established deadline of May 26."

Bosnia's next scheduled competitive fixture is a trip to Romania in a Euro 2012 qualifier on June 3.
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