FIFA ends suspension of AIFF
In a major relief to the All India Football Federation, it has been reported that FIFA has lifted the suspension imposed. On August 14, FIFA had suspended the organization due to the interference of the third party in its working. With the lifting of this suspension, country has returned to the international football arena and will continue to host the Under-17 Women’s World Cup scheduled to take place in the later part of the year.
The suspension imposed on August 14 was the first time in the 85 year old history of the organization. As the consequence of this suspension, the Under-17 women’s world cup hosting rights were kept aside. FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura had written a letter to AIFF acting general secretary Sunando Dhar advising that the Bureau of Council had decided on 25th August 2022 to lift the suspension imposed on AIFF with immediate effect. This decision was taken by the FIFA Bureau which was a seven member panel including former AIFF president Praful Patel. It has mentioned on same that U-17 women world cup will continue to be held in India from October 11 to 30. FIFA had also re-iterated that AIFF needs to fulfil more conditions to make sure it does not get suspended again.
Supreme Court of India had passed the mandate to set up the committee of administrators to assume the power of AIIF executive committee. Earlier committee was terminated. Post this decision FIFA revoked the suspension imposed on AIFF. There are certain more conditions that needs to be met. AIIF constitution needs to be revised according to the requirement of FIFA and the AFC. Also AIIF has to carryout upcoming elections in such a way only states associations has the voting rights.
Supreme Court has removed the right earlier given to 36 players and confirmed that only state associations will have voting right and which in turn elect the next AIIF president.
Both FIFA and AFC will continue to monitor the situation and will support AIIF in conducting upcoming elections as per the above requirements. It gives a huge sense of relief to the U-17 players.