AIFF Ban Revoked: FIFA lifts ban on AIFF, India gets back to host U-17 Women’s World Cup

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AIFF Ban Revoked: The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has lifted the ban on the All India Football Federation. FIFA imposed the ban due to third party interference in the All India Football Federation (AIFF). Let us inform that FIFA then said in its statement that due to excessive interference of third parties, it has been decided to suspend the AIFF. FIFA also said that this suspension will be lifted only when they start working together. Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has given the good news of lifting the ban by tweeting.

FIFA suspended the All India Football Federation on the night of 15 August. Along with this, FIFA had said in its press release that the hosting of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in India from October 11 to 30 was also snatched away. “The Bureau of the FIFA Council has taken the decision to suspend the Football Federation of India due to third party interference,” FIFA said in a statement issued by the press release.

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On the removal of this suspension, the release further read that, “The suspension will be lifted only when the decision to constitute the Committee of Administrators in place of the AIFF Executive Committee is withdrawn and the AIFF Administration will be given full control of the day-to-day affairs of the Federation.”

Following this, the central government requested the Supreme Court to remove the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that was looking after the functioning of the AIFF. The Supreme Court on Monday directed that the three-member committee of administrators appointed to conduct the affairs of the All India Football Federation be treated as sacked. The committee was headed by former Supreme Court judge AR Dave. The court said it has modified its earlier order to organize the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in India and the suspension imposed by the International Football Federation (FIFA) on AIFF.

Within four days of the court’s action, FIFA said in its statement that “The Council’s bureau has decided to lift the suspension of AIFF on 25 August with immediate effect.” FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 can be held in India from 11-30 October.

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