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FIFPro secretary general Theo van Seggelen has warned that Athens will be stripped of the right to host the 2006 World XI Player Awards Gala if the Greek Football Federation´s (HFF) current dispute with FIFA is not resolved.

The World XI Awards, to be held on November 6, is the flagship event of FIFPro, which is the worldwide representative organisation for all professional players. Athens was granted the right to host the 2006 event in March, but Van Seggelen has stated that this will be removed if the HFF does not break its deadlock with FIFA by July 15.

"Of course it is a problem and as long as the Greek federation is suspended we cannot have the gala in Athens," FIFPro´s secretary general told PA Sport´s Football Insider. "We have already had a meeting with organisers and explained to them that a country that is suspended cannot have the gala."

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