The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Executive Committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to hold the elections expeditiously according to the schedule proposed by the Committee of Administration (CoA), which currently directs the affairs of the national federation.
It noted that India will host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup from October 11.
The elections were scheduled to take place on August 28 and the electoral process was scheduled to begin on August 13, as the Supreme Court approved the schedule prepared by the CoA.
“…we kindly request the AIFF to provide us with an official transcript of the Supreme Court decision of August 3, 2022 without delay by 5:00 p.m. Indian Standard Time on August 9, 2022,” FIFA said in a letter Acting AIFF Secretary General Sunando Dhar.
“Upon receipt of the above documents and after their in-depth analysis, in the event of 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 of hosting rights for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 in India.”
FIFA has announced that it is against third party interference in the operations of its member entities.
“In this regard, we would like to recall the legal obligations of the AIFF applicable 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 third parties (cf. art. 14.1.(i) and Art. 19.1 of the FIFA Statutes in conjunction with Art. 15.4 of the AFC Statutes).”
In the letter sent out on Friday, signed by FIFA and AFC general secretaries Fatma Samour and Datuk Windsor John respectively, the world governing body said the Supreme Court’s order had “allegedly” led to deviations from the previously agreed roadmap.
“Please refer to our joint letter from FIFA and AFC dated July 1, 2022, regarding the roadmap agreed by AIFF and other participants for the meetings organized during a joint mission from June 21-23, 2022 our joint FIFA-AFC letter of 25 July 2022.
“According to said roadmap, the AIFF should convene an Extraordinary General Assembly in the first week of August 2022 to approve the new statutes that FIFA, the AFC and the Indian football community have been working on.
“Unfortunately, we have been informed that yesterday’s Supreme Court 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 shown so far and the steps forward.”
India will host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup from October 11-30 and the Union’s cabinet last month approved the signing of guarantees to host the women’s age group show, which will be held in Bhubaneswar, Goa and Mumbai will be held.