India facing football ban over ‘deviations’ from FIFA ‘roadmap’ | Football News

FIFA also warned the Indian Football Federation that it is also in danger of losing the U17 Women’s World Cup.

FIFA has reminded the Indian Football Federation that it is in danger of losing the upcoming Under-17 Women’s World Cup and facing a ban due to “deviations” from an agreed roadmap aimed at resolving 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 hold elections that have been going on for 18 months.

In response, FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) sent a team, led by AFC Secretary General Windsor John, to meet with stakeholders in Indian football and prepared a roadmap for the AIFF to amend its statutes by the end. of July and then close the elections by 15 September at the latest.

This week, the Indian court ordered elections to be held quickly and the elected committee to be an interim body for a period of three months.

“According to the said roadmap, the AIFF would convene a special general meeting in the first week of August 2022 to approve the new statutes that have been worked on with FIFA, the AFC and the Indian football community,” said a letter from FIFA and AFC. said.

“Unfortunately, we learned that yesterday’s Supreme Court hearing on the situation of the AIFF would have led to deviations from the above roadmap.

“If this is taken to be true, it would irrefutably jeopardize the mutual understanding that has been shown on the steps forward thus far.”

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

It asked the Indian authority to provide a transcript of the court’s decision by Tuesday.

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

The elections of the AIFF, formerly led by FIFA councilor Praful Patel, were scheduled to be held in December 2020 but were postponed due to a deadlock over constitutional changes.

FIFA statutes say affiliate federations must be free from legal and political interference in their respective countries, and the global governing body has previously suspended other national associations over similar cases.

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