New Delhi. The member units of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday met the visiting FIFA-AFC team and informed them that the Supreme Court’s intervention in the national sports body was “necessary”. Last month, the Supreme Court expelled the Praful Patel-led party from the AIFF and constituted a three-member committee of administrators to frame a new constitution and hold elections, besides carrying on the routine work of the national body.
There has been speculation ever since that India may face a FIFA ban because of third party interference in the affairs of the AIFF. However, with the visit of the FIFA-AFC team, such apprehensions became clear to a great extent. On the second day of the tour, the team held discussions with a seven-member committee of state associations.
A top source who attended the meeting said on condition of anonymity, “The talks were very positive. We told the visiting team why the Supreme Court had to intervene as the old party (led by Patel) did not hold elections even after the end of its term.
“There was a lot of confusion (by not holding elections) and it was affecting Indian football. It was not good for the country’s sport. Therefore all these things were told to the FIFA-AFC team that the intervention of the Supreme Court was necessary. There was no other way out of this.
It is learned that FIFA wants the national federation’s ‘turnover period’ to be short. “FIFA is likely to fix a date before which AIFF elections should be held so that the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in India is organized by a team of new officials,” he said. However, nothing is official yet and things will be clear only when FIFA officials hold talks with the CoA members on Thursday.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 22, 2022, 20:01 IST