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FIFA suspends All India Football Federation with immediate effect

The decision of suspending All India Football Federation (AIFF), taken unanimously by the Bureau of the FIFA Council, threatens the country’s hosting of U-17 Women’s Football World Cup scheduled in October 2022.

The apex football body, FIFA, has taken the decision to suspend AIFF with immediate effect due to undue influence from third parties, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA Statutes. The announcement was made on their website which stated that FIFA would lift the suspension “once an order to set up a committee of administrators to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee has been repealed and the AIFF administration regains full control of the AIFF’s daily affairs.”

FIFA is also assessing the next steps with regard to the tournament that subsequently threatened India hosting the Under-17 Women’s World Cup scheduled from October 11-30, 2022. The suspension also means that the domestic tournaments now staged will not be recognised by FIFA and the national teams will not be able to play any international matches.

Earlier in May, the Supreme Court of India had disbanded AIFF and had appointed a three-member committee to govern the sport, amend the AIFF’s constitution and conduct the pending elections.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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