FIFA suspends Indian football federation

19 Aug 2022 | 08:30 | Football

FIFA has suspended the All India Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect due to “undue influence from third parties”, world football’s governing body said on Monday.

The suspension also means that the Under-17 Women’s World Cup, scheduled to take place in India from October 11 to 30, will not be able to be held in the country as planned. .

India’s highest court dissolved the AIFF in May and appointed a three-member committee to govern the sport, amend the AIFF’s constitution and proceed with the 18-year-awaited elections. month.

In response, FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation sent a team led by AFC Secretary-General Windsor John to meet with Indian football stakeholders and set out a roadmap for the AIFF to revise its bylaws by the end of the year. July and then end the election by September 15 at the latest.

“The suspension will be lifted after the order to create an administrator committee to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee is repealed and the AIFF administration regains full control of the AIFF’s day-to-day affairs. “, FIFA said in a statement on Monday.

Earlier this month, an Indian court ordered urgent elections to be held and said the elected committee would be the interim body for a period of three months.

The AIFF elections, formerly led by FIFA Council member Praful Patel, were due to be held in December 2020 but were delayed due to an impasse over the organization’s constitutional amendment.

“FIFA is in constructive communication with the Ministry of Youth and Sports in India and hopes that a positive outcome to the case can still be achieved,” FIFA added.

According to FIFA regulations, member federations must be free from interference with the laws and politics of their respective countries. FIFA had previously suspended other national associations over similar circumstances.