FIFA threatens to suspend AIFF, India may lose hosting rights of Women’s Under-17 World Cup

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The
Supreme
Court
had
on
August
3
directed
the
executive
committee
of
the
AIFF
to
expeditiously
hold
elections
as
per
the
schedule
proposed
by
the
Committee
of
Administrators
(CoA),
which
is
currently
running
the
affairs
of
the
national
federation.

It
took
note
of
the
fact
that
India
is
due
to
host
the
FIFA
Under-17
Women’s
World
Cup
from
October
11.

Supreme
Court
appoints
three-member
Committee
of
Administrators
to
run
AIFF

The
elections
were
to
be
held
on
August
28
and
the
poll
process
was
to
start
on
August
13,
as
the
top
court
approved
the
time-line
prepared
by
the
CoA.

“We
kindly
ask
the
AIFF
to
provide
us
without
further
delay
with
an
official
transcript
of
the
Supreme
Court’s
decision
of
3
August
2022
by
17:00
hours
Indian
Standard
Time
on
9
August
2022,”
FIFA
said
in
a
letter
sent
to
acting
AIFF
General
Secretary
Sunando
Dhar.

“Upon
receipt
of
the
said
documentation
and
following
its
in-depth
analysis,
should
there
exist
serious
deviations
to
the
aforesaid
roadmap,
we
would
submit
the
matter
to
our
relevant
decision-making
body
for
further
considerations
and
possible
decisions
based
on
FIFA
Statutes,
including
the
suspension
of
the
AIFF
and
the
withdrawal
of
the
hosting
rights
for
the
2022
FIFA
U-17
Women’s
World
Cup
in
India.”

Kushal Das resigns from AIFF post, Sunando Dhar made Acting General Secretary Kushal
Das
resigns
from
AIFF
post,
Sunando
Dhar
made
Acting
General
Secretary

FIFA
made
it
known
that
it
is
against
any
third
party
intervention
to
the
running
of
its
member
units.

“In
this
context,
we
would
like
to
recall
the
AIFF’s
statutory
obligations
applicable
to
all
of
FIFA
and
the
AFC
member
associations,
including
the
obligation
to
manage
its
affairs
independently
and
ensure
that
its
own
affairs
are
not
influenced
by
any
third
parties
(cf.
art.
14.1.(i)
and
art.
19.1
of
FIFA
Statutes
in
conjunction
with
art.
15.4
of
the
AFC
statutes).”

In
the
letter
signed
by
FIFA
and
AFC
General
Secretary
Fatma
Samour
and
Datuk
Windsor
John
respectively,
the
world
body
said
the
Supreme
Court’s
order
allegedly
resulted
in
deviations
to
the
roadmap
agreed
upon
earlier.

“Kindly
refer
to
our
joint
FIFA-AFC
letter
of
1
July
2022
which
addressed
the
roadmap
agreed
upon
by
AIFF
and
further
participants
to
the
meetings
organised
during
a
joint
mission
held
on
21-23
June
2022.
FIFA
and
the
AFC
further
reiterated
our
positions
in
our
joint
FIFA-AFC
letter
sent
on
25
July
2022.

“As
per
the
said
roadmap,
the
AIFF
was
to
call
for
a
special
general
assembly
on
the
first
week
of
August
2022
to
approve
the
new
statutes
worked
upon
with
FIFA,
the
AFC
and
the
Indian
football
community.

“Unfortunately,
we
have
been
informed
that
the
Supreme
Court’s
hearing
held
yesterday
on
the
situation
of
the
AIFF
allegedly
resulted
in
deviations
to
the
aforementioned
roadmap.
If
this
is
considered
to
be
true,
it
would
irrefutably
jeopardise
the
mutual
understanding
which
was
displayed
so
far
on
the
steps
forward.”

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