Former Indian football team captain and star footballer Baichung Bhutia has termed the ban imposed on Indian football by FIFA as a very tough decision, but he also said that it is a decision taken in the right direction to organize football in the country. World football’s apex governing body FIFA on Tuesday suspended the All India Football Federation (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. For.
Bhutia said, “It is very unfortunate that FIFA has banned Indian football and I think this decision is very harsh.” “But at the same time, I think this is a great opportunity to improve our system,” he said. It is extremely important that all the stake holder federations, state associations come together and reform the system and work for the betterment of Indian football.
Former India star Shabbir Ali called it extremely unfortunate and a blow to Indian football. “Whatever happened is very unfortunate and it is a setback for Indian football. I hope the suspension will be lifted soon after the elections are over. The U-17 Women’s World Cup should be held in India itself and I hope all things go well and this tournament will be played in India.
Former player Mehtab Hussain blamed the people governing football in the country for this decision. Mehtab said, “Both the former officers and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) are responsible for this. What were they waiting for when FIFA instructed the officials to hold elections as soon as possible. We lost time and are now facing the punishment. “There will be no loss to any of the former officers and the CoA. This is a loss to the players and fans. This is a blow to Indian football.