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 By Ian Holyman

FIFA threatens Benin with 2019 African Nations Cup exclusion - report

Didier Olle-Nicolle lasted just seven months as Benin boss.

FIFA has warned that Benin are facing exclusion from qualifying for the 2019 African Nations Cup unless they pay money owed to sacked former coach Didier Olle-Nicolle, L'Equipe has reported.

Olle-Nicolle, currently coach of French second-division side Orleans, signed a two-year contract to be Benin boss in March 2014 but was sacked just seven months later following a run of poor results.

In May, FIFA's Player Status Committee ruled the Benin FA (FBF) had to pay the balance of the remaining months on Olle-Nicolle's contract. 

However, after failing to comply with that ruling, L'Equipe said the FBF has now been fined 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,491) by FIFA's Disciplinary Committee and given 30 days to pay what it owes Olle-Nicolle, 55, or face being excluded from FIFA competition.

Though out of the running to reach next summer's FIFA World Cup, Benin are co-leaders of African Nations Cup qualification Group D after their opening match, but could be thrown out of the competition if they fail to meet the deadline.

Ian is ESPN's French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman


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