Tuesday, September 27, 2022

India suspended by FIFA for “undue influence from third parties”

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The All India Football Federation case was brought before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, after FIFA suspended India for “undue influence from third parties” and stripping the country of the right to host the Under-17 Women’s World Cup.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna, that “important development” has taken place and FIFA has sent a letter suspending India which is in public domain and needs to be brought on record.

The bench told Mehta that the matter is listed for Wednesday and it would try to take it up as a first matter.

Mehta claimed that FIFA was in Geneva and that it had made a number of decisions that were to be brought to the court as significant developments for the nation.

“I request that the AIFF matter pending before the court be urgently heard”, he said. Due to “undue influence from third parties,” FIFA suspended India on Tuesday and revoked its eligibility to host the Under-17 Women’s World Cup, which is set to take place in October.

In its 85-years history, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has never been prohibited by FIFA.
After Praful Patel’s removal as president of the AIFF by the Supreme Court on May 18 for failing to convene elections that were due in December 2020, a ban on India seemed imminent.

A three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA), led by former judge AR Dave of the Supreme Court, had been appointed by the court to oversee the business of the national federation.

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