Tunisia's position at the upcoming World Cup is uncertain after FIFA's letter to the FTF ©Getty Images

FIFA has delivered a warning to the Tunisian Football Federation (FTF), stating its position at the upcoming Qatar 2022 World Cup will be under threat if government interference is found within the organisation, following comments made by the nation's Youth and Sports Minister.

The FTF was sent a letter by FIFA with its concerns after Kamel Deguiche threatened to dissolve some federal offices, which could affect the national football body.

"In this regard, we would like to remind you that member associations of FIFA are legally obligated to conduct their affairs independently and without undue influence from third parties," read the leaked letter.

"Any failure to comply with these obligations may result in the imposition of penalties under the FIFA laws, including suspension of the relevant association."

Tunisia competed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup too ©Getty Images
Tunisia competed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup too ©Getty Images

If the FTF was to be suspended, it could lead to the team losing its place at the World Cup, where they are set to face France, Denmark and Australia in Group D.

Italy will look to claim that vacant spot if the African country was forced to withdraw, as the highest-ranked team not at the tournament.

Other suggestions would see the spot go to the top-ranked African side Nigeria, or Mali - who lost in the playoffs to Tunisia 1-0 on aggregate over two legs.

The nation is set for its sixth World Cup appearance.