FIFA, the apex football body on Tuesday announced that it has decided to suspend the All India Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect.
The decision was taken unanimously by the Bureau of the FIFA Council due to undue influence from third parties, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA Statutes.
“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,” reads the statement issued by FIFA.
The body also said that 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once an order to set up a committee of administrators to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee has been repealed and the AIFF administration regains full control of the AIFF’s daily affairs.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 suspension means that the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022, scheduled to take place in India on 11-30 October 2022, cannot currently be held in India as planned,” the statement said.
The women’s under-17 World Cup will not be held in India till the ban is in place and no Indian team can participate in international competitions or friendlies.
Meanwhile, domestic football can continue. The 131st Durand Cup, which kicks off the Indian season, begins in Kolkata on Tuesday.
FIFA is also 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,” stated the release.