By Charlie Madondo|
Zimbabwe has been booted out of the preliminary rounds of the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia for failing to pay former coach Jose Claudinei Georgini an undisclosed amount.
In a statement, the world football governing body said it had notified the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) of its decision on Thursday.
“The expulsion comes as a result of the non-payment of an outstanding debt by ZIFA to the coach Jose Claudinei Georgini following a decision passed on 15 August 2012 by the single judge of FIFA’s Players Status Committee,” Fifa said in a statement.
The statement said Zifa failed to pay its former coach despite being given grace periods and appeal options.
“Given ZIFA’s failure to make any payment within the granted periods and the request presented by the creditor, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee – in line with its second decision – ordered the expulsion of ZIFA from the preliminary competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia,” the statement said.
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