15 Mar 2012

Sport: Mediation attempts fail to keep Nations Cup in Fiji

11:29 am on 15 March 2012

Despite attempts to broker a compromise Fiji has been stripped of the hosting rights to June's Oceania Nations Cup football tournament.

It's the second tournament the Oceania Football Confederation has shifted from Fiji this year, along with the Men's Olympic qualifiers.

That came after the interim government threatened legal action against OFC secretary general, Tai Nicholas, following comments he made about the country's judicial system.

The President of the Fiji Football Association, Rajesh Patel, says they attempted to mediate between the regime and Oceania Football but to no avail.

"The decision finally rested with Tai Nicholas and them. They felt that they have to make the right move and there's something that they would not be able to accept conditions that were put in so that is the reason they're moving ahead with taking the Nations Cup away."

A replacement host for the tournament has not yet been decided.