FIFA Suspends AIFF: Finally, what was feared has happened. FIFA, the global governing body of ‘the beautiful game’, has suspended the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
This means that now neither India will be able to host the Women’s Under-17 Football World Cup to be held in October this year nor will its national football team be able to play at the international level.
FIFA statement on AIFF
FIFA took this tough decision on Monday night, citing unnecessary interference by third parties. FIFA has said that the suspension will come into force with immediate effect.
“The Bureau of the FIFA Council has unanimously decided to suspend the All India Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect due to undue influence from third parties, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA Statutes,” FIFA said in a statement.
“The suspension will be lifted once an order to set up a committee of administrators to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee has been repealed and the AIFF administration regains full control of the AIFF’s daily affairs,” the statement added.
“FIFA is assessing the next steps with regard to the tournament and will refer the matter to the Bureau of the Council if and when necessary. FIFA is in constant constructive contact with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India and is hopeful that a positive outcome to the case may still be achieved.”
Sunil Chhetri statement
Veteran striker Sunil Chhetri had advised his fellow players not to pay attention to this two days ago. Advised not to worry too much on the threat of FIFA suspension on Indian football and to continue with your best on the field. Earlier this month, FIFA threatened a ban.
“I have spoken to the boys and my advice is don’t focus too much on it as it is something beyond your control,” Chhetri said during a virtual media interaction with his club Bengaluru FC at the start of the new season.