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Centre mentions FIFA suspension of AIFF before SC, hearing tomorrow

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The Supreme Court agreed to hear the issues related to FIFA suspending the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday with immediate effect.

Tushar Mehta General of Solicitor mentioned the matter before the court and updated recent developments and request to hear the issue tomorrow
The beach will hear the matter on Wednesday, as the decision of FIFA stripped the country to host the Under 17 Women’s World Cup which was scheduled in October.

FIFA suspended India with immediate effect citing “undue influence” from third parties.

In FIFA’s statement, they said, “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.”

“There is some development. The matter may not be deleted. FIFA has sent a letter, it’s in the public domain,” Mehta told the Supreme Court.
Justice Chandrachud said the AIFF matter is listed for hearing tomorrow and it will not be deleted. “It would not be deleted. Court master says it is the first item tomorrow,” the bench said.

Mehta will submit a letter from FIFA which is available in the public domain.

The Suspension will be revoked once the order appoints the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee are repealed, FIFA said in a statement.

The apex court on 18th May Praful Patel was removed as AIFF president for not holding elections in December 2020 and appointed a three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) headed by AR Dave former top court judge the manage the affairs of AIFF.

The CoA had to frame its constitution in line with National Sports Code and model guidelines.

Supreme Court directed the executive committee of the AIFF to expeditiously hold elections as per the schedule proposed by the CoA which is currently running the affairs of the national federation on 03rd August.

FIFA had threatened to suspend India to host women’s U-17 World Cup day the Supreme Court ordered to hold elections of the AIFF on 05th August
Elections are to be held on August 28 and the poll process will begin on August 13 as per the court-approved timeline.

“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 added.

FIFA will refer the matters to the Bureau of the Council if and when necessary.

The governing body said that it 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.

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