Indian court decides to settle issues that led to FIFA ban

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court on Monday returned control of the national soccer federation to its administration in a bid to get a FIFA suspension lifted.

India’s Supreme Court previously appointed a three-member committee to manage the affairs of the Football Association of India and hold elections for new board members by the end of August under a new constitution. However, it led to FIFA suspending the federation last week ‘due to undue influence by third parties’, which threatened the country’s hosting of the Under-17 Women’s World Cup next month. .

The court on Monday abolished the three-member committee and ordered the day-to-day affairs of the AIFF to be handled by its general secretary, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. Senior government officials had asked the court to resolve the matter urgently.

The Indian FA are now expected to approach FIFA to get the suspension lifted.

In May, the court ousted Praful Patel from the presidency of the AIFF for failing to hold elections scheduled by December 2020 and for continuing to hold the post after that date.

The FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup is scheduled for October 11-30 with four matches on matchday one, including host India against the United States and Brazil against Morocco in the group A.

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