The Fifa Board of Council on Monday suspended the Indian Football Federation (AIFF) for “serious violation” of its statutes

A fairly rare penalty. Fifa’s Board of Council on Monday suspended the Indian Football Federation (AIFF) for “serious violation”, which puts into question the hosting of the Under-17 Women’s World Cup scheduled for India in 2019.

“The Bureau of the FIFA Council has unanimously decided to suspend the Indian Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect for undue influence by third parties, which constitutes a serious breach of the FIFA Statutes,”

Said Fifa said in the statement.

The U17 Women’s World Cup in the dark

The AIFF was to appoint a new president in December 2020 but problems with constitutional amendments delayed the appointment process, leading Fifa to sanction the Indian institution.

In May, India’s top court ruled to dissolve the AIFF and appoint a three-person jury to hold elections by September 15.

The Women’s Under-17 World Cup, initially scheduled for November 2020, and several times postponed due to Covid 19, is to take place in India from October 11 to 30.

Source: AFP

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