Bhutia, others call for reform after FIFA ban

16 Aug 2022 | 08:11 | Football

While many of the greats of Indian football including Bhaichung Bhutia consider the Indian Football Federation (AIFF)’s ban decision to be very harsh, they are also seeing the positive side of it. This water sport has come into order.

India has been suspended by football’s global governing body – FIFA – for undue influence from third parties, a development that jeopardizes the country’s prospects of hosting the Under-17 Women’s World Cup, scheduled to be held from October 11 to 30.

“It’s regrettable that FIFA has banned Indian football and at the same time I feel it is a very harsh decision by FIFA to ban Indian football,” said Bhutia, one of the icons of the country’s sport. news agency PTI.

“But at the same time I feel it’s a great opportunity for us to get our system on the right track. It’s very important that all the stakeholders – federations, state associations, come together to work together. and get the system on track and everyone working for the betterment of Indian football,” added the Sikkimese shooter.

FIFA said the suspension was effective immediately and the breach – a serious breach of the FIFA Statutes. This is the first time AIFF has been banned by FIFA in its 85-year history.

The AIFF ran into trouble after ex-president Praful Patel overstayed his term with the Supreme Court ruling it ineligible and removing him from office. SC has placed the AIFF under a Committee of Administrators (CoA).

A team of FIFA-AFC visited the country from June 21 to 23, after which the game’s global governing body set a strict deadline to adopt a new constitution by July 31. and hold elections by September 15.

Meanwhile, former India star Shabbir Ali called it extremely unfortunate and a big setback for Indian football.

“Whatever has happened is extremely regrettable and it’s a step backwards for Indian football. That said, I hope that the suspension will be lifted sooner after the elections are held. organization, which FIFA also explicitly mentioned,” he said.

“The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup should be held in India and I am optimistic that everything will be fine and India will not be robbed of the exciting event,” said awardee Dhyan Chand. said more.

Although FIFA has not closed all options for India as it has said it is in talks with the sports department and hopes for a positive outcome regarding the women’s age group showcase event. Former player Mehtab Hossain blamed the people running football in the country for the failure.