India tries to resolve FIFA ban on its football association

The Indian government is in talks with FIFA to address the issues that led to the suspension of the country’s national football federation and the possible loss of its rights to host the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in October, a government justice official said Wednesday.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the nation’s highest court that the government and a committee of trustees leading the football federation had held two meetings with FIFA to ‘break the ice’ on the issue, the agency reported. release Press Trust of India.

The Supreme Court has called on the government to take proactive steps to stage the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in India and scheduled a rehearing in the case on Monday.

FIFA’s suspension follows the Supreme Court’s appointment of a three-member Board of Trustees to manage the affairs of the Football Federation of India and hold elections for new board members by the end of August. under a new constitution.

In May, the court ousted Praful Patel from the presidency of the AIFF for failing to hold elections scheduled by December 2020 and for continuing to hold the post after that date.

FIFA suspended the AIFF on Monday due to “undue influence by third parties”.

He said the suspension was effective immediately and the transgression “constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA statutes”.

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lifted once an order establishing a committee of trustees to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee has been repealed and the AIFF administration regains full control of day-to-day affairs.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

The FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup is scheduled for October 11-30 with four matches on matchday one, including host India against the United States and Brazil against Morocco in the group A.

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Andrew B. Reiter