Indian Federation asks FIFA to lift suspension


India’s football association has asked world governing body FIFA to lift the suspension imposed on it after the mandate of a court-appointed committee to govern the sport in the country was terminated this week.

India’s highest court disbanded the All India Football Federation (AIFF) in May and appointed a three-member committee to govern the sport, amend the body’s constitution and conduct elections that have been pending for 18 months.

FIFA banned the AIFF this month, citing ‘undue influence from third parties’ and said the suspension would be lifted once the national body regains full control of its daily affairs. 

On Monday, India’s Supreme Court ruled that the committee’s mandate ‘stands terminated’ and the day-to-day management of the country’s soccer affairs will be handed back to the AIFF.

In a letter sent to FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura on Tuesday, AIFF apprised the world governing body of the court’s ruling.

“We request the FIFA to reconsider their decision of suspending the AlFF,” Sunando Dhar, AIFF’s Acting General Secretary, wrote in the letter. “Since the conditions set out in your letter for lifting of the suspension stand satisfied, we request that an order to that effect be passed at the earliest for the AIFF to continue with the smooth running of football in India.”

FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

India is scheduled to host the Under-17 women’s World Cup from 11-30 Oct., but their hosting right is under threat due to the FIFA suspension.