FIFA urges Indian Football Federation to hold elections by September 15 to avoid ban | Soccer News


MUMBAI: World governing body FIFA has asked the Indian football association to complete changes to its constitution and elect new officials by September 15 to avoid being banned, officials said. responsible.
India’s highest court has dissolved the Indian Football Federation (AIFF) executive committee last month after failing to hold elections on time and amend its bylaws in accordance with the rules stipulated by the national sports code.
The court then appointed a three-member committee to run the body, amend the AIFF’s constitution and organize elections that have been pending for 18 months.
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.
FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation sent a team led by the AFC General Secretary John Windsor to encounter indian soccer stakeholders, including Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, during a three-day visit that ended on Thursday.
“The meetings concluded that the next steps should be the ratification of the AIFF statutes in accordance with the principles of good governance of FIFA/AFC and the holding of an electoral congress to choose the next leadership of the AIFF,” he said. the AFC said in a statement.
“This would be based on a timeline agreed by AIFF stakeholders.”
Shaji Prabhakaran, head of the Delhi FA and former head of regional development at FIFA, said on Twitter that the AIFF had been given July 31 to amend its statutes and September 15 to conclude its election.
“The FIFA-AFC delegation gave us a strict schedule. It’s up to us to avoid the FIFA ban,” he added.
A ban could see India lose their rights to host the Women’s Under-17 World Cup in October.
Elections for the AIFF, led by FIFA Council member Praful Patel, were due to take place by December 2020 but were delayed due to an impasse over amendments to its constitution.
Cricket-mad India are a huge underachievers in football and the country, home to 1.3 billion people, has yet to make an appearance in the World Cup final.

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