Saturday, June 25

FIFA-AFC delegation reportedly tell Indian football stakeholders that ban is unlikely if CoA sticks to timelines

A seven-member joint delegation from FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) started their visit of India in order to gauge the state of football in the country following the termination of the previous All India Football Federation (AIFF) committee by the Supreme Court.

As per a report in the Times of India, India has nothing to worry regarding an international ban if they stick to their timelines and elect a new AIFF executive committee by September at the latest.

While no official statement has been issued so far, the report goes on to state that there has been a constructive meeting between the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the joint delegation – though they are set to hold another round of talks on Thursday.

“The message to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) was simple. They have to ensure that the new constitution does not go against the FIFA statutes and hold AIFF elections before the end of September. They have to stick to timelines. The delegation has also made it clear that once the constitution is approved by the Supreme Court, it has to be passed by the AIFF general body,” the report stated.

“At the end of the day, the general consensus was that we all have to work together to ensure that a new democratically elected body is in place. While there were apprehensions before the visit, the meetings turned out to be very cordial.

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The visiting team, led by Asian Football Confederation General Secretary Windsor also met the ousted AIFF chief Praful Patel, who is also a member of the powerful FIFA Council and are expected to meet the representatives of the Indian Super League and I-League clubs, besides the officials of ISL organisers FSDL.


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