FIFA has learnt that the Iraqi Olympic Committee announced the dissolution of the governing board of the IFA.

The basis on which such a decision could be taken is incomprehensible to FIFA. This stands in total contradiction with IFA and FIFA statutes.

If the decision to dissolute IFA is not cancelled withing 72 hours (starting 16 November), and if the IFA Headquerters are not returned to the IFA within the same deadline, FIFA will have no choice but to refer the issue to the FIFA Emergency Committee in order to decide on a possible IFA suspension.

FIFA appeals once more to all stakeholders in Iraq to respect the autonomy of sport in general and the IFA in particular and to allow IFA to conduct its affairs according its statutes and those of FIFA.