FIFA suspends Indian football federation over ‘third-party influences’

AIFF’s suspension means the women’s U-17’s World Cup, set to begin in the country on 11 October, will not take place as planned

August 16, 2022 03:49 am | Updated August 17, 2022 07:18 am IST - Paris

FIFA logo.

FIFA logo. | Photo Credit: AFP

FIFA on August 15 suspended the Indian football federation with “immediate effect due to undue influence from third parties”, jeopardising the country’s staging of the U-17 Women’s World Cup in October.

World football’s governing body called the infraction a “serious violation of the FIFA Statutes”.

The suspension will remain in place until the All India Football Federation (AIFF) regains full control of its daily affairs, FIFA said in a statement.

The AIFF is in disarray and being run by administrators after former chief Praful Patel stayed in office beyond his term without fresh elections, which courts ruled invalid.

India is due to host the U-17 Women’s World Cup from October 11-30. The 2020 tournament in India was cancelled and then postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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