Spain risk World Cup expulsion

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FIFA has announced that Spain could lose its spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia if the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy doesn't stop "meddling" in the presidential elections of the Spanish Football Federation, RFEF.

Spain were previously at risk of being thrown out of the 2008 European Championship - the first of their hat-trick of major tournament triumphs - also over alleged government interference in RFEF electoral business.

El Pais reports that the world governing body sent the Spanish Football Federation a letter, threatening to ban their national team if they decide to go ahead and elect a new RFEF President.

According to Football-Espana, FIFA often suspends the membership of any nation if political pressure influences its football association.

"No-one is going to take Spain out of the World Cup".

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Ramos said: "I can't believe we could miss out due to such a dispute".

FIFA's rules clearly state that: "Each member must manage their affairs independently and ensure that there is no interference by third parties in their affairs". If the national federation were to be suspended, Spain's team would not be allowed to play at next year's World Cup.

FIFA is now conducting the investigations into the elections of the association after its former president, Angel Maria Villar, was forced to step down after the charges of corruption.

A statement from Federation Internationale de Football Association said: "A joint delegation from Federation Internationale de Football Association and Uefa will travel to Madrid in the near future to observe and analyse the situation that the RFEF is going through".