The world’s largest football body i.e. FIFA made an announcement on Tuesday regarding the All India Football Federation (AIFF). FIFA has decided to suspend the AIFF with immediate effect. The decision was taken unanimously by the Bureau of the FIFA Council. FIFA has stated that this decision has been taken due to the undue influence of third parties in the AIFF, which is a serious violation of FIFA law.
An official media release issued by FIFA said, “The Bureau of the FIFA Council has unanimously decided to suspend the All India Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect due to undue influence of third parties, which is in violation of the rules of FIFA.” serious violation.” For this reason, India is on the verge of snatching away the hosting of the U17 Women’s World Cup, but there is still some time left.
It was also said on behalf of FIFA that the suspension would be lifted as soon as the order is received. The constitution of a Committee of Administrators to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee is repealed and the AIFF Administration takes full control of the day-to-day affairs of the AIFF. The press release further said, “The suspension means that the FIFA U-17 Women’s Football World Cup 2022, which is scheduled to take place in India from 11-30 October 2022, cannot be held as planned in India at present. ”
FIFA is also assessing the next steps regarding the tournament and will refer the matter to the Council’s Bureau, if necessary. FIFA’s press release further said, “FIFA is in constant touch with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India and hopes that a positive outcome of the case can still be achieved.” If this happens then this big crisis can be removed from Indian football.
What is the reason for suspension of AIFF?
The Supreme Court had in May appointed a three-member committee to the AIFF to amend the federation’s constitution to govern the sport and hold elections pending for 18 months. FIFA and the AFC also sent a team of their own, led by AFC Secretary General Windsor John, to meet the stakeholders of Indian football and draw up a blueprint for the AIFF to conclude the elections by the end of July and 15 September. Will work on a blueprint.
According to FIFA law, its member associations must be free from legal and political interference in their respective countries. FIFA has previously suspended other national associations in similar cases. However, the good thing is that if the AIFF gets the Committee of Administrators (COA) early and the Federation elections are held at the earliest and the matter is settled according to FIFA law, then this suspension can be lifted and in October u17 Women’s World Cup can also be organized.