On Friday (August 5), the International Football Federation (FIFA) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) sent an email to the AIFF’s acting secretary general raising the issue of “deviation” from the “roadmap” for achieving a new AIFF constitution. . Threatened to place and ban.
Expressing its surprise, the AIFF has written back to FIFA-AFC stating that the federation has taken note of the concerns expressed in their email and has asked the federation to make FIFA-AFC aware of all on 3 August. A printed copy of the Supreme Court order is awaited. taken place.
“We have received your above email dated 05.08.2022 and have taken note of the concerns raised by you. We were surprised to receive it only this afternoon and are awaiting the printed copy of the Supreme Court order dated 03.08.2022 to inform you of what happened, but we found that copies of your emails had already been published in national newspapers, to the great embarrassment of us.”
The Mail further said that the AIFF understands that it appears that the guidelines set out by FIFA have not been followed, but regrets adding that perhaps the correct position has not been placed before global and continental. Football governing bodies who briefed him regarding the hearing.
AIFF Mail said, “You may recall that vide your letter dated 01.07.2022 you had asked for:
*Preparing the Constitution by 31.07.2022
* AIFF members to approve laws in first week of August
* Elections to be held by 15.09.2022
The mail also added that all correspondence with FIFA-AFC has been placed before the Supreme Court of India and the apex court has been fully apprised of their concerns, especially with regard to the Under-17 Women’s World Cup.
Therefore, the matter has been taken up with utmost seriousness by both the Government of India and the highest judicial authority of the country, the AIFF said.
“All correspondence with you has been placed before the Supreme Court of India and the court has been fully apprised of your concerns, especially with regard to the Under-17 Women’s World Cup. Therefore, this matter has been taken very seriously.” , both by the Government of India and the country’s highest judicial authority. You will recall that issues with the administration of AIFF, including questions about misappropriation of funds and the presence of ineligible office bearers, led to the current intervention by the court,” AIFF he said.
Giving a detailed account of how the “roadmap” proposed by the FIFA-AFC was followed, the Mail said it is a fact that the previous constitution is still in force, and therefore the AIFF is governed constitutionally today.
The Supreme Court order dated 18.05.2022 stated that the normal term of the elected body of the AIFF had ended on 20.12.2020, but it continued to handle its affairs for the next two and a half years. No objection from the members.
Disappointed by this turn of events, the court directed that the undersigned (currently the Committee of Administrators – CoA) would administer the federation’s governance until fresh elections were held.
AIFF Mail states that it has learned that the former president of the federation, Praful Patel (who is also a member of the FIFA Council) after his expulsion had written to the FIFA President on 23.05. has given. The federation is a possibility as FIFA-AFC would treat court intervention as third party involvement.
“Perhaps it would not be appropriate for a person who has benefited from presiding over Indian football for more than 16 years without any tenure limit or other controls, to suggest that the federation be suspended simply because it has been removed from the post it had illegally occupied. In fact, third party intervention will now take place if the willingness of the members to respect the court’s deadline is not accepted,” the AIFF said in its reply. said in.
“Indian football has a small group of opponents who want to serve themselves at the expense of the game and its players who are dear to all of us. We have faced instances in the past when some of these have tried to undermine institutions. The proper functioning of the AIFF. In some cases, criminal investigations have been registered which are clearly distasteful to those who are accused,” AIFF Mail informed FIFA-AFC.
In the end, Mail assured that the interests of Indian football were being well served and that the U-17 Women’s World Cup would remain completely unaffected, a fact noted by the Supreme Court and which was addressed by the Prime Minister of India. Guarantee has been given. , Also, it urged FIFA-AFC to write to the CoA directly in future so that there is no delay or miscommunication.
Incidentally, the FIFA-AFC email was addressed to AIFF Acting Secretary General Sunanda Dhar, who was initially appointed by the CoA, but later passed by the member associations as FIFA-AFC on June 23, 2022, following a resolution. was authorized through There was objection to the appointment of CoA. But the answer to FIFA-AFC has been given by the members of the CoA.
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