India face football ban due to ‘deviations’ from FIFA ‘roadmap’ | Soccer News

FIFA has also warned the Indian Football Association that they are also at risk of losing the U17 Women’s World Cup.

FIFA have reminded the Indian Football Association that they risk losing the upcoming Women’s Under-17 World Cup and face a ban due to ‘deviations’ from an agreed roadmap to resolve governance issues.

In May, India’s highest court dissolved the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and appointed a three-member committee to govern the sport, amend the AIFF’s constitution and organize an 18-month-old pending election.

In response, world football governing body FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) sent a team, led by AFC General Secretary Windsor John, to meet with Indian football stakeholders and established a roadmap for the AIFF to modify its statutes by the end. of July and then conclude the elections no later than 15 September.

This week, the Indian court ordered a speedy election and declared the elected committee to be an interim body for a period of three months.

“In accordance with the said roadmap, the AIFF was to convene a special general meeting in the first week of August 2022 to approve the new statutes drawn up with FIFA, AFC and the Indian football community,” a letter sent by the FIFA and AFC said.

“Unfortunately, we have been informed that the Supreme Court hearing held yesterday on the AIFF situation would have resulted in deviations from the aforementioned roadmap.

“If this is held to be true, it would irrefutably jeopardize the mutual understanding that has emerged on progress thus far.”

The letter, seen by Reuters news agency, was addressed to AIFF Acting General Secretary Sunando Dhar and signed by FIFA General Secretary Fatma Samoura and AFC’s John.

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He asked the Indian body to provide a transcript of the court’s decision by Tuesday.

FIFA has warned that sanctions, if serious deviations from the agreed roadmap are found, could include “suspension of the AIFF and withdrawal of hosting rights for the U-17 Women’s World Cup from FIFA 2022 in India”. [in October]”.

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

FIFA statutes state that member federations must be free from legal and political interference in their respective countries, and the world governing body has already suspended other national associations for similar cases.

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