FIFA-AFC discuss ban and removal of U17 World Cup as they seek detailed court order

Even after the Supreme Court ordered the All India Football Federation (AIFF) elections, India continues to face the prospect of a FIFA ban and the abolition of the U17 Women’s World Cup. A letter signed by FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura and Windsor John, Secretary General of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), reached the AIFF late Friday.

The letter, addressed to Sunando Dhar, acting secretary-general of the AIFF, said India could be denied the right to 17 World Cup and be banned. The letter requests AIFF to transmit the “official transcript” of the Supreme Court decision at 5:00 p.m. Indian time on Tuesday.

“If, upon receipt of the above documents and after their in-depth analysis, there are any serious deviations from the above roadmap, we would submit the matter to our relevant decision-making body for further consideration and possible decision based on the FIFA Statutes, including suspension of the AIFF and withdrawal the hosting rights for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India 2022,” read the letter. HT has a copy of the letter.

The letter indicates that, according to discussion during the visit of the joint delegation to New Delhi, the AIFF of the 21 AFC and the Indian football community.”

“Unfortunately, we have been informed that yesterday’s Supreme Court (sic) hearing on the situation of the AIFF allegedly resulted in deviations from the above roadmap. If this is taken as true, it would irrefutably jeopardize the mutual understanding that has been demonstrated in the steps forward so far,” the letter reads.

“In this regard, we would like to recall the legal obligations of the AIFF that apply to all FIFA and AFC member associations, including the obligation to manage their affairs independently and to ensure that their own affairs are not influenced by any third party…” says he the letter.

In its order, the Divisional Bench of Justices Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud and JB Pardiwala stated that the Supreme Court-appointed Administrative Committee, which directs the AIFF and formulates the constitution, “shall be informed of the decision of the elected body.”

On Wednesday, the court ordered snap elections, in line with FIFA’s mandate, for a democratically elected body to call the shots when the U17 World Cup begins on October 11 by the end of the month. The officers will serve for three months during which the AIFF constitution will be finalized, the Supreme Court order said.

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