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Football Notes: Kenya Stripped Of Right To Host 2018 African Nations Championship

Kenya has been "stripped of the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship" following a Confederation of African Football exec committee meeting in Accra, Ghana. CAF said that the decision was made "in light of accumulated delays from reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country." The 16-team tournament is scheduled to take place from Jan. 12-Feb 4 (BBC, 9/24).

The Sierra Leone FA banned 19 officials for life on Thursday for violating SLFA and FIFA statutes "concerning taking football related cases to civil courts." The group went to court last month to seek an injunction to stop the current exec running the SLFA (BBC, 9/22).

FIFA and the local organizing committee for the 2018 U20 Women's World Cup unveiled the official emblem of the competition in Rennes, France. The tournament will take place in the Brittany region of France from August 5-24, 2018, and its official emblem reflects the strong history and values of the Breton culture. It features a triskele motif echoing the area's Celtic past and black and white stripes representing the Breton flag (FIFA).

South Korea's professional football players' association, FIFPro Korea, said that it is now officially an incorporated association following the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism's authorization, which "allows the organization to register assets and manage its operations systemically." It added that it will "pursue various programs to help players, including finding jobs for retired players, protecting footballers' portrait rights and fighting club mistreatment of players" (YONHAP, 9/22).

The Uruguayan FA (AUF) cancelled all scheduled matches on Sunday after the country's referees "decided they would refuse to officiate further due to increasing violence." The decision means the cancellation of five first division matches "as well as others at lower levels" (RTÉ, 9/24).