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FIFA suspends India’s Football Federation

by TRT World.

FIFA has suspended the All India Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect because of “undue influence from third parties,” the world soccer’s governing body said.

The suspension also means that the Under-17 women’s World Cup, scheduled to take place in India from October 11-30, cannot be held as planned.

India’s highest court disbanded the AIFF in May and appointed a three-member committee to govern the sport, amend the AIFF’s constitution, and conduct elections that have been pending for 18 months.

In response, FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation sent a team to meet Indian football stakeholders and laid down a roadmap for the AIFF to amend its statutes by the end of July and conclude elections by September 15.

“The suspension will be lifted once an order to set up a committee of administrators to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee has been repealed and the AIFF administration regains full control of the AIFF’s daily affairs,” FIFA said in Monday’s statement.

According to FIFA statutes, member federations must be free from legal and political interference in their respective countries.

FIFA has previously suspended other national associations over similar cases.

Photo: Reuters

Source: Culled from TRT World.

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