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FIFA lifts AIFF suspension; U-17 WC to go ahead as planned

Last updated on: August 27, 2022 05:22 IST
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The FIFA Under-17 women’s World Cup 2021 will be held in India as scheduled, from October 11 to 30, 2022.

FIFA and the AFC will continue to monitor the situation and will support the AIFF in organising its elections in a timely manner.

IMAGE: FIFA and the AFC will continue to monitor the situation and support the AIFF in organising its elections in a timely manner. Photograph: PTI

FIFA has lifted the suspension imposed on the All India Football Federation earlier this month due to undue third-party influence, world soccer's governing body said on Friday.

The lifting of the ban also means that the Under-17 women's World Cup, which was scheduled to take place in India from October 11-30, will be held in the country as planned.

India's top court disbanded the AIFF in May and appointed a Committee of Administrators (CoA) to govern the sport, amend the AIFF's constitution and conduct elections that have been pending for 18 months, leading to FIFA's suspension.

Member federations must be free from legal and political interference and FIFA said the suspension would only be lifted once the order to set up the CoA was repealed and the AIFF administration regained full control of its daily affairs.

Earlier this week, AIFF's Acting General Secretary Sunando Dhar informed FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura that the Supreme Court had directed the full repeal of the CoA mandate to ensure the AIFF had full charge of its daily affairs.

"The decision (to lift the ban) was taken after FIFA received confirmation that the mandate of the Committee of Administrators that was set up to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee had been terminated," read a statement from FIFA.

"FIFA and the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) will continue to monitor the situation and will support the AIFF in organising its elections in a timely manner."

The elections of the AIFF, formerly led by FIFA Council member Praful Patel, were due to be held by December 2020 but delayed due to an impasse over amendments to its constitution.

"The darkest hour of Indian football is finally over," said Dhar in an AIFF statement.

"We sincerely thank FIFA and AFC, especially the AFC General Secretary Windsor John, for guiding us in such difficult times.

"We also take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and the Sports Minister Anurag Thakur for solidly standing by us at this crucial juncture."

Patel was accused of sitting on the chair of the presidency even after the completion of the time without holding the election. His tenure started in 2009 and ended in 2020. Despite this he continued.

Notably, the complaint of this entire matter reached the Supreme Court, which superseded the entire board in May 2022 and constituted a committee to frame a new constitution.

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