Will FIFA Ban India As A Result Of ‘Third-Party Intervention’?

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The future of Indian football and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) appears to be in doubt after the Supreme Court removed Praful Patel from the presidency. Despite the fact that Praful Patel’s third term was set to end in December 2020, he has remained in office due to a pending case in the Supreme Court seeking clarification on the status of AIFF’s constitution.

AIFF could be banned by FIFA as a result of third-party intervention, with the Supreme Court appointing a CoA that includes Bhaskar Ganguly, SY Qureshi, and Anil Dave.

While the CoA was in charge of the federation’s day-to-day operations, the court made it clear that they might choose to engage Patel and his executive committee, but that this was not required.

How might the FIFA ban affect the AIFF?

All football activities in India will come to a halt if FIFA decides to ban the country due to third-party interference. If the ban takes effect, India is likely to lose its bid to host the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in October. The event will be rescheduled after that.

India will play three matches in the 2023 AFC Cup Qualifiers next month, but those matches will be canceled if the country is banned. The junior team, in addition to the senior team, will be in trouble. While international matches will be impacted, domestic tournaments such as the ISL and I league will continue to be played because they are not governed by FIFA. The FIFA ban will also affect foreign player transfers, as they will be unable to play.

Following Praful Patel’s removal from the presidency by the Supreme Court, the future of Indian football and the All India Football Federation appears to be in doubt.

Will Indian football be banned by FIFA?

For the first time in its 85-year history, the AIFF will be managed by COA, which has not held elections in the previous two seasons. With the COA in place, FIFA may classify this decision as “third-party interference” in football operations, potentially resulting in AIFF’s suspension.

India will play three matches in the 2023 AFC Cup Qualifiers next month, but those matches will be canceled if the country is banned. The junior team, in addition to the senior team, will be in trouble. While international matches will be impacted, domestic tournaments such as the ISL and I league will continue to be played because they are not governed by FIFA. The FIFA ban will also affect foreign player transfers, as they will be unable to play.

FIFA has previously imposed bans on football federations

Indonesia was banned for a year in 2014 after the country’s Sports Ministry and football federation couldn’t agree on who was in charge of the sport. In 2015, Kuwait Football Association received a FIFA ban after the government drafted and imposed a sports bill that infringed on the country’s football federation’s right to exist independently. The governments of Zimbabwe and Kenya were recently banned due to organizational flaws that necessitated third-party intervention.

 

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