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In an official letter, FIFA instruct the CBF in the controversy surrounding the loss of points which affected Flamengo and Portuguesa

Protests have demanded Portuguesa's return to the top tier
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The world football governing authority has demanded a definitive response by February 19.

FIFA is no stranger to controversies and has now involved itself in the drama that has run since the end of the 2013 Brasileirão campaign. Portuguesa were deducted points for fielding an illegible player and were consequentially relegated in place of Fluminense.

The decision led to outcry and after failing to win an appeal through the CBF, Portuguesa have now taken the issue to ordinary courts, something that FIFA do not permit in their regulations.

“Considering that it is your obligation to prohibit the recourse to ordinary courts of law in sporting related matters in Brazil, we invite you to take the necessary measures you deem appropriate in order to put an end to the current proceedings involving the clubs Clube de Regatas Flamengo (also subject to a points deduction) and Associação Portuguesa de Desportos and to avoid that the recourse of ordinary courts of law in general and this kind of proceedings in particular happen again in the future, guaranteeing that the FIFA Statutes are strictly complied with.”

On Thursday the fixture list for the new season was released and, despite Portuguesa’s omission, the drama looks like continuing.


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