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FIFA Banned India for "undue influence from third parties" and the country's right to host the Under-17 Women's World Cup has been stripped.

The Bureau of the FIFA Council has with one mind 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.

India on Tuesday was suspended by the world football governing body FIFA for undue influence from third parties. Stripping AIFF of the option to have the Under-17 Women’s World Cup, planned for October 2022.

This is the first time the All-India Football Federation (AIFF) has been banned by FIFA in its 85-year of inception.

“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,”

FIFA said in a statement.

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once an order to set up a committee of administrators to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee has been repealed and the AIFF administration regains full control of the AIFF’s daily affairs.”

On May 18, the Supreme Court expelled Praful Patel as AIFF president for not holding elections due in December 2020 and designated a three-member committee of administrators, headed by former top court judge AR Dave, to oversee issues of AIFF.

The CoA additionally needed to approach its constitution in accordance with the National Sports Code and model rules & guidelines.

The FIFA, however, isn’t shutting all choices for India as constructive contact with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is in action and confident of a positive result.

The Suspension implies that the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022, geared to happen in India on 11-30 October 2022, is cancelled as of now according to plan.

FIFA is assessing the following stages concerning the competition and will refer the matter to the Bureau of the Council if and when necessary.
FIFA is in steady valuable contact with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India and is confident that a positive result might be achieved.

Women's U-17 World Cup Hosting Rights Suspended By FIFA

On August 15TH, FIFA took steps to suspend the AIFF and to host the women’s U-17 World Cup, days after the Supreme Court’s directive to hold the elections of the national federation.

The Supreme Court, on August 3 Wednesday coordinated with the executive committee of trustees of the All India Football Federation to Immediately hold elections according to the timetable proposed by the committee of administrators, which is at present running the undertakings of the National Federation.
The elections are to be held on August 28, and the poll process started on August 13, as the top court supported the timetable arranged by the CoA.

“Exceptionally lamentable that FIFA has restricted Indian football, and simultaneously I feel it’s a fierce choice,”

said Bhutia.

“And yet, I feel it’s an extraordinary chance for us to get our situation and system right.

“It’s vital that the stakeholders – the federation, the state associations – meet up and get the situation right, and everyone work to improve Indian football.”

The Indian Olympic Association is also confronting Suspension after it got an admonition letter from the International Olympic Committee requesting that it hold Presidential elections in the coming weeks.

When and how the FIFA ban can be lifted from India?

“The Suspension will be lifted once on a request to set up a panel or committee of administrators, the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee have been repealed, and the AIFF administration recaptures complete control of the AIFF’s daily affairs, “

the official proclamation from the explanation from FIFA expressed.

That implies that till the time AIFF gains its total influence back, the ban will proceed.

Are there any examples of when a nation was banned by FIFA?

There have been couple of events when FIFA banned football associations because of violations of their rules and guidelines. The International Federation of Association Football is extremely strict with its principles.

In 2014, they refused the Indonesian football league for a year as there was a fight between the sports ministry and football association on who was in the ability to run the sports in the country.

Later in 2015, Kuwait Football Association was banned by FIFA after their government had taken the force of the football federation to exist unassisted.

Very much like India, Zimbabwe and Kenya were additionally banned by FIFA because of third-party influence.