The Indian Federation asks FIFA to lift the suspension

29 Aug 2022 | 08:28 | Football

India’s football association has asked world governing body FIFA to lift the suspension imposed on it after the mandate of a court-appointed committee to govern the sport in the country was overturned. ends this week.

India’s highest court dissolved the All India Football Federation (AIFF) in May and appointed a three-member committee to run the sport, amend the body’s constitution and move forward. conduct the elections that have been waiting for 18 months.

FIFA banned the AIFF this month, citing “excessive influence from third parties” and said the suspension would be lifted once the national body regains full control of its day-to-day affairs. me.

On Monday, India’s Supreme Court ruled that the commission’s duties were “ended” and the day-to-day management of the country’s football affairs would be handed over to the AIFF.

In a letter to FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura on Tuesday, the AIFF asked the world governing body for the court’s ruling.

“We ask FIFA … to reconsider their decision to suspend the AlFF,” Sunando Dhar, AIFF’s acting secretary general, wrote in the letter.

“As the conditions set forth in your letter regarding the lifting of the suspension column are satisfied, we request that such order be passed as soon as possible in order for the AIFF to resume the smooth running of football in India. “

FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the AIFF letter.

India is scheduled to host the Under-17 Women’s World Cup from October 11 to 30, but its hosting rights are under threat due to FIFA’s suspension.

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 body’s constitutional amendments.

The AIFF elections are currently scheduled for early next month.