FIFA suspends India, can’t host U-17 Women’s World Cup...

FIFA suspends India, can’t host U-17 Women’s World Cup

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:30 PM, 16 August 2022   Updated: 04:42 PM, 16 August 2022

FIFA has suspended the All India Football Federation (AIFF); Photo: Collected

FIFA has suspended the All India Football Federation (AIFF); Photo: Collected

FIFA has suspended the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the governing body of Indian football. 

Football’s international governing body has announced the penalty over “third party interference”.

Due to this, the preparation for U-17 Women’s World cup fell into great uncertainty, as well as, the team India’s football future went into the dark. 

FIFA said in a statement that “the AIFF is now under the authority of the Committee of Administrators”. Instead, the penalty of suspension will be lifted from the day the elected committee starts looking into the day-to-day operations of the AIFF.

Women’s Under-17 World Cup Football is scheduled to be held in India from October 11 to October 30. If the situation does not change amid this, this competition will be removed from India. 

“The ban means India will not be able to host the Women’s Under-17 World Cup in October,” FIFA said in a statement. FIFA is thinking about what the next step will be with this competition.

In the end, FIFA wrote that they are in “close contact” with the Union Sports Ministry of India. They hope that positive solutions are still possible.

Even after the expiry of the term, Praful Patel sat as the president of the federation without an election. A case was filed in the Supreme Court. The country’s apex court dissolved the federation’s executive committee in May this year. 

Indian football is administered by a three-member Committee of Administrators. At the same time, it is said that the federation should be elected as soon as possible.

The whole matter is still pending before the Supreme Court. The future of Indian football depends a lot on what the Supreme Court of the country decides on the Federation elections.

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