FIFA told to reconsider Gibraltar membership application

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Posted: May 02, 2016 11:30 AM

(Reuters) - FIFA has been told to reconsider Gibraltar's application for membership, after the British territory's football association partially won an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but stopped short of directly awarding it membership.

The Gibraltar FA (GFA) appealed against a FIFA executive committee ruling in 2014 that rejected its application, saying that the requirements for admission were not met.

The GFA had argued that its application was "improperly rejected", CAS said in its summary.

CAS said on Monday that it had ordered FIFA to submit the GFA's application to the FIFA Congress, which also has the power to grant membership.

CAS said the Congress, which next meets in Mexico next week, "shall take all necessary measures to admit the Gibraltar Football Association as a full member of FIFA without delay".

Gibraltar became a member of European soccer's governing body UEFA in 2013 after a long battle in which it faced opposition from Spain.

(Editing by Louise Ireland)