World football governing body, FIFA, has suspended the Benin Football Federation (FBF) from global football after a court ruling in the country blocked upcoming elections.
A statement from football’s world governing body said:
“the Benin Football Association (FBF) was suspended with immediate effect due to a recent injunction by a local judicial court which impeded the holding of the due election.”
The move means Benin are set to miss June’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Equatorial Guinea.
The decision was made at the inaugural FIFA Council meeting being held in Mexico.
A court ruling in Benin on 4 May prevented the FBF holding presidential elections and the suspension will be lifted once a new Executive Committee has been installed.
Benin are currently second in Group C two points behind group-leaders Mali.
The Squirrels are due to host Equatorial Guinea on the weekend of 3-5 June and then travel to face Mali in September, with only the group winners guaranteed a place at the 2017 finals in Gabon.
The FIFA Council meeting also ratified a recent of the decision of the bureau of the Council to appoint a normalisation committee to run the daily affairs of the Guinea Football Federation.