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AIFF requests FIFA to reconsider suspension after repeal of CoA mandate by Supreme Court

FIFA suspends All India Football Federation (AIFF)

Following the decision of the Supreme Court to end the mandate of the CoA, the AIFF has requested FIFA to revoke its suspension.

The Acting General Secretary, Mr. Sunando Dhar, requested Ms. Fatma Samoura, FIFA Secretary General to “reconsider their decision of suspending the AIFF”.

In a letter to the FIFA Secretary General, Mr. Dhar, while providing an update on the litigation before the Honourable Supreme Court of India mentioned: “It is with immense pleasure that we inform you that the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India (the “SC”) took up our matter and vide order dated 22.05.2022 was pleased to pass directions regarding the full repeal of the CoA mandate and consequently the AIFF having full charge of the AIFF’s daily affairs.”

“In view of the above, we request the FIFA and especially the Bureau to reconsider their decision of suspending the AlFF. Since the conditions set out in your Letter for lifting of the suspension stand satisfied, we request that a order to that effect be passed at the earliest for the AIFF to continue with the smooth running of football in India,” the letter further stated.

FIFA had earlier slapped a suspension on AIFF on August 15, 2022.

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FIFA in its suspension letter to AIFF had laid out the conditions for lifting of the ban.

The Bureau of the FIFA Council has unanimously decided to suspend the All India Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect due to undue influence from third parties, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA Statutes.

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once an order to set up a committee of administrators to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee has been repealed and the AIFF administration regains full control of the AIFF’s daily affairs.

The suspension means that the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022™, scheduled to take place in India on 11-30 October 2022, cannot currently be held in India as planned. FIFA is assessing the next steps with regard to the tournament and will refer the matter to the Bureau of the Council if and when necessary. FIFA is in constant constructive contact with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India and is hopeful that a positive outcome to the case may still be achieved.

FIFA Press Release, August 15, 2022

The Supreme Court in an urgent hearing on August 22 requested by the Central Government and to ensure the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is conducted in India in October 22 repealed the mandate handed to the CoA to run AIFF. The day-to-day affairs of the AIFF will now be handled by General Secretary Sunando Dhar.

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