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With the International Football Federation (FIFA) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) imposing a massive ban on the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the state associations have reportedly held a virtual meeting on Saturday to resolve the emerging crisis.

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Sources in the know said the state associations have decided to file a review petition in the Supreme Court requesting the Supreme Court to re-examine its August 3, 2022 order so that the AIFF can avoid the impending FIFA-AFC ban.

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FIFA-AFC, in a letter dated 05 August 2022 to Acting AIFF Secretary General Sunanda Dhar, has threatened to ban the national football body due to alleged “influence by third parties” and said India may lose football hosting rights. 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup So.

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The state associations feel that if the August 9, 2022 deadline mentioned in the FIFA-AFC letter is not met, the next step FIFA-AFC will take is to ban the AIFF, which will be detrimental to the game in the country.

In a letter dated August 5, FIFA-AFC warned that the AIFF was “deviating” from the “roadmap” to implement the new law.

In a strongly worded letter, a copy of which is with IANS, the global and continental football-governing bodies said, “We refer you to our joint FIFA-AFC letter dated July 1, 2022 which addressed the roadmap agreed by the AIFF and further Participants in the meeting held during the Joint Mission held on 21-23 June 2022. FIFA and the AFC reiterated our position in our joint FIFA-AFC letter sent on 25 July 2022.

The letter added that as per this roadmap, the AIFF was to convene a special general meeting in the first week of August 2022 to ratify the new law worked out by FIFA, AFC and the Indian football community.

“According to that roadmap, the AIFF was supposed to convene a special general meeting in the first week of August 2022 to approve the new laws worked on by FIFA, AFC and the Indian football community. Unfortunately, we are informed that yesterday’s Supreme Court hearing on AIFF’s situation allegedly deviated from the above roadmap.

“If this is believed to be true, it will undoubtedly threaten the mutual understanding that has been demonstrated so far at the next stage,” the August 5 letter said.

The mail concluded by warning of an imminent ban if the AIFF does not comply with its “statutory obligations” towards FIFA and the AFC and is influenced by “third parties”.

“In this regard, we would like to recall the AIFF’s statutory obligations applicable to all FIFA and AFC member associations, which include managing their affairs independently and ensuring that their own affairs are not influenced by any third party (cf. art. . 14.1.(i) and Art. 19.1 of the FIFA Laws in conjunction with Art. 15.4 of the AFC Laws).

The letter asked the AIFF to provide FIFA-AFC with “an official transcript of the Supreme Court decision of August 3” without further delay. The letter said that FIFA-AFC will withdraw India’s hosting rights for the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup if it finds any deviation in AIFF’s normalization path.

“In view of the above, we kindly request the AIFF to provide us without further delay the official transcript of the Supreme Court judgment dated 3 August 2022 by 17:00 hrs IST on 9 August 2022. After receipt of the said documents and its thorough analysis, if there are serious deviations from the above roadmap, we will refer the matter to our respective decision-making body for further consideration and possible decisions based on FIFA laws, including suspension and withdrawal of AIFF. India’s hosting rights for the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup,” the letter concluded.

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