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New Delhi: World football’s governing body FIFA has threatened to suspend the AIFF and strip it of its right to host the Women’s Under-17 World Cup in October due to “influence” by a third party. The development comes days after the Supreme Court’s directive to hold elections to the national federation.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the executive committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to hold speedy elections as per the schedule proposed by the Committee of Administration (CoA), which is currently running the affairs of the national federation.
Noted that India will host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup from October 11.
The polls were scheduled to be held on August 28 and the election process would begin from August 13, as the Supreme Court approved the timeline drawn up by the CoA.
“We kindly request the AIFF to make available to us the official transcript of the Supreme Court decision dated 3 August 2022 by 17:00 hrs IST on 9 August 2022,” FIFA said in a letter to the Acting AIFF Secretary General. Sunando Dhar.
“Upon receipt of the said document and its thorough analysis, if there are serious deviations from the above roadmap, we will submit the matter to our respective decision-making body for further consideration and possible decisions, including FIFA laws. Suspension of AIFF and withdrawal of hosting rights of 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India.
FIFA makes it known that it is against any third party interference in the running of its member units. “In this regard, we wish to bear in mind 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).
In a letter sent on Friday, signed by FIFA and AFC secretary-general Fatma Samor and Datuk Windsor John respectively, the world body said the Supreme Court order “allegedly” deviated from the previously agreed roadmap.
“Please refer to our joint FIFA-AFC letter dated 1 July 2022 addressing the AIFF and the agreed roadmap for meetings to be held during the joint campaign to be held on 21-23 June 2022. FIFA and AFC further reiterated our position. Our joint FIFA-AFC letter sent on 25 July 2022.
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“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 have been informed that yesterday’s Supreme Court hearing on the AIFF situation allegedly led to a deviation from the above roadmap. If this is held to be true, it will undoubtedly threaten the mutual understanding that has been demonstrated in the steps so far. “
India will host the FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup from October 11 to 30, and the Union Cabinet last month approved the signing of memorandums of understanding to host the women’s age-group showpiece in Bhubaneswar, Goa and Mumbai.