FIFA suspends All India Football Federation (AIFF)
World football governing body FIFA has suspended the Football Federation of India (AIFF) with immediate effect due to third party interference.
IMPORTANT FACTS -
- The decision was taken unanimously by the Bureau of the FIFA Council.
The suspension has been decided due to undue influence of third parties, which is a serious violation of FIFA law.
The suspension means that the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2022, to be held in India from 11-30 October 2022, will not take place in India as planned.
India's Supreme Court in May dissolved the AIFF and appointed a three-member committee to govern the sport, amend the AIFF's constitution and hold elections pending for 18 months.
FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation sent a team led by AFC Secretary General Windsor John to meet the stakeholders of Indian football.
A roadmap was prepared by the team for the AIFF to amend the rules by the end of July and conclude the elections by 15 September.
Earlier, FIFA had threatened to suspend the Football Federation of India for third party interference.
How can the ban be lifted?
FIFA said the lifting of the ban needed to address two main concerns.
The mandate of the CoA has to be completely repealed.
To gain complete control over the day-to-day affairs of the AIFF administration.
Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) :
It was established on May 21, 1904, by seven national associations — Belgium, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
It is the highest governing body of football in the world.
It is a non-profit organisation.
It regulates football and promotes football around the world.
It is modernising football to be global, accessible and inclusive in all aspects.
FIFA currently consists of 211 member countries. It is headquartered in Zurich and its current president is Gianni Infantino.
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