In a huge blow and humiliation for the country, FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) suspended India on Tuesday for “undue influence from third parties” and stated that the U-17 Women’s World Cup “cannot currently be held in India as planned.”
The country will host its first FIFA event from October 11 to October 30.
FIFA has banned the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for the first time in its 85-year history.
“The Bureau of the FIFA Council has unanimously decided to suspend the All India Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect due to undue influence from third parties,” the FIFA said in a statement.
“The suspension will be lifted once an order to set up is received.”
On May 18, the Supreme Court removed Praful Patel as AIFF president for failing to hold elections scheduled for December 2020.
The court had appointed a three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) to manage the affairs of the national federation, led by former Supreme Court judge AR Dave.
The CoA, which also includes former Chief Commissioner of India SY Quraishi and ex-India captain Bhaskar Ganguly, had to draught its constitution in accordance with the National Sports Code and model guidelines.
The FIFA has never allowed any third party, whether a court or a government, to interfere in the affairs of its member units. In similar cases, it has established normalisation committees in various countries.