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FIFA has banned India from hosting the Women’s U17 World Cup due to third party influence.

The country was scheduled to host the FIFA tournament from October 11-30, but in a massive setback, world football governing body FIFA on Tuesday suspended India for “undue influence from third parties” and said the U-17 Women’s World Cup “cannot currently be held in India as planned.

”FIFA has banned the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for the first time in its 85-year history, citing “flagrant violations of the FIFA Statutes.” “Due to undue influence from third parties, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA Statutes, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has unanimously decided to suspend the All India Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect,” the FIFA said in a statement.

The Bureau of the FIFA Council said that the lifting of the suspension will be subject to the repealing of the Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) mandate in full.

FIFA also said it wants the AIFF administration to “be fully in charge of the AIFF’s daily affairs” in a statement.”

The AIFF administration will lift the suspension once it regains full control of the AIFF’s daily affairs. This means that the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022, scheduled to take place in India on 11-30 October 2022, can be held in India as planned.

The Centre has sought an urgent hearing in the Supreme Court on the AIFF matter in the wake of the latest development. “Important developments have taken place,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, told a bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and A S Bopanna, “FIFA has sent a letter suspending India which is in public domain and needs to be brought on record.

“After a four-member FIFA delegation held meetings with senior sports ministry officials and the CoA on Friday and Monday, respectively, this occurred.”It seemed like all the parties had reached a consensus until FIFA informed us last night that they would have to ban AIFF according to their internal committee’s decision,” an official from the sports ministry said.”


FIFA is open to dialogue, but it is against CoA’s interference It wants the AIFF executive board to be in place at the earliest, and if that happens, FIFA will lift the ban. He added that the government is committed to solving the matter as soon as possible as it wants the U-17 Women’s Junior World Cup to be hosted by India.

A ban on India has been on the cards since the Supreme Court removed Praful Patel as AIFF president on May 18 for not holding elections, which were due in December 2020. A three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA), headed by former apex court judge AR Dave, was appointed by the court to manage the affairs of the national federation. The CoA, which has former Chief Commissioner of India SY Quraishi and ex India captain Bhaskar Ganguly as members, also had to frame its constitution in line with the National Sports Code and model guidelines.

Upon lifting the suspension, the Bureau of the FIFA Council decided that the AIFF constitution will have to be revised in accordance with the requirements of FIFA and the AFC, and approved by the AIFF general assembly without interference from any third party.

FIFA wants an independent electoral committee to be elected by the AIFF general assembly to run the elections of a new executive committee, concurrently. The AIFF must carry out the upcoming electoral process as per the statutory requirements and hold its elections based on the pre-existing membership of the AIFF (i.e state associations only).As per the FIFA move, the Indian clubs and representatives (players, referees, officials) are no longer entitled to take part in international suspension until the suspension is lifted.

FIFA stated that neither the AIFF nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any development programmes, courses or training from FIFA and/or the AFC.FIFA has never allowed third party interference, whether by court or government, in the affairs of its member units.

It has set up normalization committees in various countries in cases similar to India. FIFA has kept a window open for India, saying it is in touch with the sports ministry on the issue. “FIFA is hopeful that a positive outcome to the case may still be achieved,” it said. The fate of the AIFF elections, which were supposed to be held on August 28, is not yet known following the ban imposed by the Supreme Court.

The Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) prepared time-line was approved by the top court on August 13, beginning the poll process. A returning officer has already been appointed by the CoA and the electoral college for the elections has been published, including 36 eminent players. Nominations will be accepted from Wednesday through Friday.

The Indian football community is hoping for a last-minute solution that will save the FIFA under-17 women’s world cup when the Supreme Court hears the matter on Wednesday. The sports ministry filed an application in the Supreme Court, seeking a modification to its August 5 order. The order allowed 36 eminent players to vote in the AIFF elections. The modification was sought on the grounds that the world body was not in favour of ‘individual membership’ in the AIFF.FIFA issued a statement to ban India around 10pm Swiss local time on Monday (wee hours on Tuesday in India), re-iterating its stand to the sports ministry .

The CoA proposed schedule for the All India Football Federation (AIFF) elections was expeditiously held by the executive committee on August 3rd.

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