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Peru banned from football
South American country excluded by Fifa over row with Lima government.
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2008 10:50 GMT

Pizarro is already in the international wilderness following a ban [AFP]
Peru have been banned from international football competition after failing to resolve a row with the country's government.

A leading official at the South American Football Confederation (CSF) said world governing body Fifa had imposed the ban on the football federation (FPF) after a deadline ran out on Monday.

"Fifa has suspended Peru from all activity," CSF secretary general Eduardo de Luca said at his organisation's headquarters in the Paraguayan capital Asuncion.

The announcement marked a new low for Peruvian football which has been in steady decline since reaching its heyday during the 1970s.

'Irregular' election

The Peruvian government's Institute of Sports (IPD) does not recognise FPF president Manuel Burga, claiming his election was irregular.

"If Burga's position is going to remain the same as before, this is a dialogue of the deaf," IPD president Arturo Woodman said in Lima.

Burga apologised, but said he wasn’t personally to blame.

"I want to apologise for the Peruvian people for the situation which we are going through.

"The principal problem is that the Peruvian law is not compatible with the Fifa statutes, and so anyone who was in my place would be in the same situation."

De Luca said Fifa would deal with Peru's membership at its executive committee meeting in Tokyo next month but added the CSF was confident the row could be resolved.

Stripped

Peru have already been stripped of the right to host next year's South American under-20 championship because of the dispute.

The participation of Peru in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, which are just past the halfway stage in South America, is now in doubt as are their entries for the Libertadores Cup, the region's European Champions League equivalent.

When the draw is made on Tuesday for the 2009 Libertadores there will be blanks where Peruvian club names would normally be placed, de Luca said.

Peru, who have not reached the World Cup finals since 1982, are bottom of the 10-nation South American group with seven points from 10 matches. Their next qualifier is not until March.

Four leading players were banned last year, including strikers Claudio Pizarro and Jefferson Farfan, for alleged indiscipline at the team hotel following a match.

Pizarro and Farfan, who denied the claims, later had their suspensions reduced but have not been recalled by coach Jose Del Solar.

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