Fifa bans AIFF, U-17 Women’s World Cup venue may change

The international football body, Fifa on Tuesday suspended India’s official football governing body All India Football Federation due to “undue influence from third parties”.

The ban means India will not be allowed to host the Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup, scheduled to be held in October this year.

“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once an order to set up a committee of administrators to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee has been repealed and the AIFF administration regains full control of the AIFF’s daily affairs,” reads Fifa statement.

The decision was made by the Bureau of the Fifa Council and will remain in place until the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators has been replaced with an AIFF Executive Committee.

The Supreme Court in May found the Praful Patel-headed AIFF executive committee to be in violation of the national sports code and appointed a three-member Committee of Administrators to run the day-to-day affairs of the AIFF.

The ban means that the Indian national teams cannot play international matches. India’s domestic competitions will also lose their Fifa and Asian Football Confederation recognition.

It also jeopardised Indian Women’s League champions Gokulam Kerala’s participation in the AFC Women’s Club Championship. The Kerala club has flown to Uzbekistan to play their West Region matches.

“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,” the statement reads.