India is trying to solve its football federation’s FIFA ban

NEW DELHI (AP) – The Indian government is in talks with FIFA to resolve issues that have led to the suspension of the country’s national football association and the possible loss of its hosting rights for the U17 Women’s World Cup in October, a justice official said the government said Wednesday.

Attorney General Tushar Mehta told the country’s top court that the government and an administrative committee of the Football Association held two meetings with FIFA to “break some ice” on the matter, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

The Supreme Court called on the government to take proactive steps to hold the U17 Women’s World Cup in India and scheduled another hearing on the case on Monday.

The FIFA suspension follows the Supreme Court’s appointment of a three-member Administrative Committee to manage the affairs of the All India Football Federation and to hold elections for new officers by the end of August under a new constitution.

The court ousted Praful Patel as President of the AIFF in May for failing to hold the December 2020 election and for continuing to serve after that date.

FIFA suspended the AIFF on Monday due to “improper third-party interference.”

The suspension is effective immediately and the violation “represents a serious violation of the FIFA Statutes”.

“The suspension will be lifted once an order establishing an Administrative Committee to assume the powers of the Executive Committee of the AIFF has been lifted and the AIFF administration regains full control over the day-to-day affairs of the AIFF,” FIFA said.

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup takes place from 11-30 October with four opening day matches including hosts India versus the United States and Brazil versus Morocco in Group A.


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