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The central government has swung into action after the world football governing body FIFA suspended the Indian Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect. On Tuesday, the Center demanded the Supreme Court to hear the matter at the earliest. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, told a bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna that FIFA has sent a letter suspending India which is in the public domain and needs to be brought on record.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta demanded an early hearing on the matter. On this, the Supreme Court said that the date for Wednesday has been fixed. However, the court said that the matter will be heard prominently tomorrow. In fact, on Tuesday, FIFA took the decision to suspend the AIFF due to third party interference. The decision was taken due to a serious violation of FIFA’s rules and constitution. The Football Federation of India (AIFF) faced a suspension from FIFA for the first time in its 85-year history. This decision of FIFA also took away from India the rights to host the Under-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in October. The Supreme Court of India in May dissolved the AIFF and appointed a three-member committee (CoA) to govern the sport, amend the AIFF’s constitution and hold elections pending for 18 months. Also, the Supreme Court removed AIFF President Praful Patel from his post on 18 May.

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In response, FIFA and the Confederation of Asian Football sent a team led by AFC Secretary General Windsor John to meet the stakeholders of Indian football and called for the AIFF to revise its statutes by the end of July and subsequently by 15 September at the latest. A roadmap was prepared to FIFA wanted elections to be held in the AIFF, a new way for the association to be formed so that FIFA and the AIFF could work together under the constitution. The elections to the AIFF were to be held by December 2020 under the leadership of FIFA Council member Praful Patel, but were delayed due to a deadlock over amendments to its constitution. Subsequently, earlier this month (August 3), the Supreme Court had ordered immediate elections and said that the Elected Committee (CoA) would be an interim body for a period of three months. The CoA decided to conduct the election on its own accord and in this it was decided to get votes from some former prominent players. This was considered by FIFA to be third party interference.

After this, on August 5, FIFA threatened to suspend the Football Federation of India (AIFF) for third-party interference. Along with this, FIFA also threatened to take away its rights to host the Women’s Under-17 World Cup to be held in October. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) started the election process. Elections are to be held on August 28. According to FIFA rules, member associations must be free from legal and political interference in their respective countries. In such a situation, FIFA suspended the Indian Football Federation after the intervention of the Committee of Administrators formed by the Supreme Court and the elections were conducted accordingly. FIFA has previously suspended other national associations in similar cases. FIFA said in a statement on Monday – The suspension will be lifted after the order to set up a Committee of Administrators (CoA) to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee and the AIFF administration will gain full control over the day-to-day affairs of the AIFF. .

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The suspension of FIFA means that as long as it continues, the Indian men’s football team and the Indian women’s football team will not be able to take part in any international matches. Also, no player will be able to take part in the international league. The Under-17 Women’s Football World Cup was proposed to be held from October 11 to 30 in Bhubaneswar, Goa and Mumbai. For its successful hosting, the Union Cabinet had already given its approval by signing the Accountability Letter. However, now as a result of the suspension at AIFF, the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held from October 11 to 30 will be postponed.

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FIFA said the future of the tournament would be decided in due course and if needed the matter could be referred to the Bureau of Councils. FIFA has clearly said that now this event cannot be held in India according to its scheduled time. Preparations were already done for the World Cup in India. In such a situation, India will suffer a lot if the World Cup is not there.

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The central government has swung into action after the world football governing body FIFA suspended the Indian Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect. On Tuesday, the Center demanded the Supreme Court to hear the matter at the earliest. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, told a bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna that FIFA has sent a letter suspending India which is in the public domain and needs to be brought on record.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta demanded an early hearing on the matter. On this, the Supreme Court said that the date for Wednesday has been fixed. However, the court said that the matter will be heard prominently tomorrow.

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