Hours after FIFA’s ban, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has agreed to hold elections to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) as per the terms of the apex body of world football. In a blow to India, FIFA on Tuesday suspended the AIFF citing unnecessary third party interference and stripped it of hosting rights for the U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held from October 11-30.
Sources privy to the development said the ban could only be for a short time as the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators is ready to abide by almost all FIFA conditions regarding elections and the new constitution. Therefore, the Under-17 Women’s World Cup can be held in India now.
A top source told PTI, “The authorities are feeling that the ban will be only for a short time and the elections will not be held on August 28 but before September 15 (FIFA deadline).” The CoA agrees to hold the elections as per the terms of FIFA. He said that in such a situation the hosting of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup can also be saved. It is learned that the CoA did not expect FIFA’s ban yet as it was prepared to proceed according to the requirements of the world body.
The Indian football community is awaiting the verdict of the Supreme Court hearing on Wednesday. Sources said the CoA, FIFA and the Sports Ministry have agreed to hold elections to the AIFF with an electoral college consisting of representatives of state associations. Now 36 eminent sportspersons will not be included in the electoral college for these elections. Shabbir Ali, Manoranjan Bhattacharya, Prashant Banerjee, IM Vijayan and Bhaichung Bhutia were among the 36 players whose list was released by the returning officer earlier. and they will have the right to vote.