FIFA also warned the Indian Football Association that it was at risk of losing the U17 Women’s World Cup as well.
FIFA has reminded the Football Association of India that it risks losing the upcoming U17 Women’s World Cup and is threatening expulsion over “deviations” from an agreed roadmap to resolve governance issues.
In May, India’s highest court dissolved the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and appointed a three-member committee to govern the sport, amend the AIFF’s constitution and conduct elections, which have been pending for 18 months.
In response, World Football’s governing body FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) dispatched a team led by AFC General Secretary Windsor John to meet Indian football stakeholders and set out a roadmap for the AIFF to finalize its statutes by To change in late July and then complete elections no later than September 15th.
This week, India’s court ordered elections to be held without delay, saying the elected committee would be an interim body for a period of three months.
“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,” a letter from FIFA and the AFC said .
“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 shown so far on the steps forward.”
The letter, seen by Reuters news agency, was addressed to acting AIFF general secretary Sunando Dhar and signed by FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura and AFC’s John.
It asked the Indian authority to submit a transcript of the court decision by Tuesday.
FIFA warned that if serious deviations from the agreed roadmap were found, sanctions “could include the suspension of the AIFF and the withdrawal of hosting rights for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 in India [in October]“.
The AIFF’s elections, previously chaired by FIFA Council Member Praful Patel, were due to be held by December 2020 but were delayed due to an impasse over changes to its statutes.
FIFA’s statutes state that member associations must be free from legal and political interference in their respective countries, and the world governing body has previously suspended other national associations over similar cases.