Praful Patel Requests FIFA Not to Impose Ban on India, Urges to Give Time to Complete the Elections

After the Supreme Court reconstituted a Committee of Directors (CoA) on May 18 to run the affairs of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), former FIFA president Praful Patel wrote a letter to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, asking him not to impose any decision. Ban on India.

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Fearing FIFA’s suspension, Patel, as a member of the FIFA Council, urged the world’s governing body for the sport to give India time until the end of July to complete the election process.

“I ask FIFA and the AFC not to impose a suspension at this stage, but instead to consider this important aspect of the Supreme Court order and enter into a dialogue with the CoA to obtain a commitment that the said timelines set by the Supreme Court be respected and strictly pursued without allowing delay “.

“I also appeal to the experienced legal teams of the AFC and FIFA to direct the jury, if they are approached and needed, in reviewing the AFC laws,” Patel added.

Patel said any suspension of the AFC would also jeopardize the upcoming 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers to be hosted by India in Kolkata from June 8, 2022 for which all preparations have been completed.

“The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is scheduled to take place in three states across India from 11-30 October 2022, the first-ever FIFA Women’s Championship in India which is widely expected to enhance the women’s game. In my country “.

On May 18, the Supreme Court formed a jury headed by former Supreme Court Justice A. R Dave Union Affairs Department, the abolition of the current Executive Committee.

The jury will also facilitate the adoption of the FIFA constitution in line with the National Sports Code and the Model Guidelines.

The panel of judges DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and PS Narasimha said the judging panel will consist of Judge Dev, Dr C Qureshi, the former Chief Election Commissioner, and Bhaskar Ganguly, the former captain of the Indian football team.

The jury said the jury would assist the court in facilitating the adoption of the constitution by FIFA in accordance with the National Sports Law and Model Guidelines.

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