The two year suspension of Rhodesia from the International Football Federation (F.I.F.A.) highlighted yesterday's (Tuesday's)?
The two year suspension of Rhodesia from the International Football Federation (F.I.F.A.) highlighted yesterday's (Tuesday's) World Football Congress in Mexico City.
The conference was dominated by the African nations, who held the floor almost continuously. For two hours, members argued over whether Rhodesia should be expelled, suspended or allowed to continue partial membership.
Finally, Algeria proposed that FIFA suspend Rhodesia temporarily until the executive committee of the association compiled a complete report on the legality of the country. The two-year suspension proposal was carried by 38 votes to 26.
The Rhodesian delegation at the conference claimed that 98 per cent of black Africans in the country were playing football and only two per cent of the whites.
Despite some occasionally bitter exchanges with African delegates, Britain's Sir Stanley Rous was re-elected President of FIFA for his third four-year term of office.