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FIFA threatens to ban AIFF, snatches rights to host Women’s U-17 World Cup

All India Football Federation.

New Delhi: World football governing body FIFA has threatened to suspend the AIFF and take away its right to host the Women’s Under-17 World Cup in October due to third-party “influence”. A development that comes just days after the Supreme Court’s direction to hold national federation elections.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the executive committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to conduct elections as per the schedule proposed by the Committee of Administrators (CoA), which is currently running the affairs of the national federation.

It took note of the fact that India is scheduled to host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup from October 11.
The elections were to be held on August 28 and the election process was to begin on August 13, as the apex court had approved the timeline framed by the CoA.

In a letter to the Acting AIFF Secretary-General, FIFA said, “We request the AIFF to provide us, without delay, the official transcript of the Supreme Court’s decision of August 3, 2022, by 17:00 IST on August 9, 2022. ” Listen listen.

“Upon receipt of the said document and after its in-depth analysis, if serious deviations to the above roadmap exist, we will refer the matter to our respective decision-making body for further consideration and possible decisions based on FIFA statutes. Suspension of AIFF and withdrawal of hosting rights of 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India.

FIFA stated that it is against any third party interference in the operation of its member units. “In this context, we would like to recall the AIFF’s statutory obligations applicable to all FIFA and AFC member associations, including the obligation to manage its affairs independently and to ensure that its own affairs are handled by a third party ( CF Art.. 14.1.(i) and Art. 19.1 of the FIFA Statute with Art. 15.4 of the AFC Statute.”

In the letter sent on Friday, signed by FIFA and AFC general secretaries Fatma Samour and Datuk Windsor John, the world body said the Supreme Court’s order “allegedly” resulted in deviations from the roadmap previously agreed.

“Please refer to our joint FIFA-AFC letter dated 1 July 2022, which addressed the roadmap agreed by the AIFF and further participants in the meetings held during a joint mission held on 21-23 June 2022. FIFA and the AFC Further reiterated our position.Our joint FIFA-AFC letter was sent on 25 July 2022.

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“As per the said roadmap, the AIFF was to convene a special general meeting in the first week of August 2022 to approve the new laws working with FIFA, AFC and the Indian football community.

“Unfortunately, we have been informed that yesterday’s Supreme Court hearing on the status of AIFF reportedly resulted in deviation from the above roadmap. If this is believed to be true, it would undeniably jeopardize the mutual understanding that had been demonstrated so far on further steps. ,

India is to host the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup from October 11-30 and the Union Cabinet last month approved signing of a guarantee to host the women’s age group showpieces to be held in Bhubaneswar, Goa and Mumbai.

FIFA threatens to ban AIFF, snatches rights to host Women’s U-17 World Cup

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