The FIFA Emergency Committee has suspended the Macau Football Association (MFA) with immediate effect on the grounds of serious interference by the political authorities of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China, constituting a clear violation of Article 17 of the FIFA Statutes. This decision was communicated to MFA President Chui Vai Pui Andy by FIFA General Secretary Dr Urs Linsi in a letter sent on 11 February 2005.
As a result of this suspension, all international football activities of the MFA (matches in Macau of foreign teams and matches of Macau teams organised abroad, participation in regional tournaments, appointment of Macau officials, etc.) are currently suspended until further notice from FIFA. Furthermore, all FIFA financial assistance payments have been frozen and the MFA has been deprived of its right to vote at Congresses held by international football bodies.
FIFA only wishes to uphold the structures and functions in compliance with the principles of its own Statutes. Blatant governmental interference in local football affairs in contravention of FIFA principles cannot be accepted.
As FIFA's warnings and deadlines went unheeded, the FIFA Emergency Committee had no other alternative but to take the decision to suspend the MFA.