A joint team of FIFA and AFC will meet various stakeholders of Indian football from Wednesday and discuss ways to hold the long-awaited National Federation elections as soon as possible under the revised constitution.
During discussions with stakeholders, including the Committee of Administrators (CoA) appointed by the Supreme Court, the visiting delegation is likely to insist on a timeline for all matters. India Elections of the Football Federation (AIFF) and compliance with its rules in the revised constitution.
Led by Asian Football Confederation (AFC) General Secretary Datuk Seri Windsor John, the team will consist of two FIFA members, Kenny Jean-Marie, who is the Chief Member Association Officer, and Nodar Akhalakatsi, Director Strategic Projects and Member Association. .
Wahid Kardani, deputy general secretary of the AFC, Parshotam Kattel, head of its South Asia unit (Development and Member Association Governance) and Yogesh Desai, senior manager of the Central Asia unit, are other members of the joint team arriving in the national capital on Monday night. .
The joint team is expected to meet members of the CoA, former AIFF President Praful Patel – who is also a member of the FIFA Council – and representatives of state organizations.
The team is also likely to meet Sports Minister Anurag Thakur before leaving the country on June 23.
FIFA did not immediately impose sanctions on India after the Supreme Court removed the Patel-led distribution and appointed a COA to run the affairs of the AIFF. But a top State Association official said it would not be easy to move forward and that FIFA would set the terms, failing which the country could be banned.
“The FIFA-AFC team will listen to various stakeholders. They are not saying that we are going to ban India. That (ban) is unlikely to happen in the coming days, “a state official told PTI.
“At the same time, the FIFA-up will determine some terms, tough terms. India can be banned if these conditions are not met.
“It would like to know the timeline of the AIFF election, a provisional date. In addition, any amended constitution (AIFF) should generally comply with FIFA rules. I think the visiting team will also point out that some provisions of the Sports Code are impractical.”
The visiting team will meet with representatives of state organizations on Wednesday.
The FIFA ban will be disastrous for India, which recently qualified for the upcoming Asian Cup. The country is also organizing FIFA Under-17 Women’s The world Cup in October, a tournament that will be moved out of India if banned.
SY Qureshi, a member of the three-member CoA, said he did not see non-compliance as an issue with FIFA.
“I don’t think FIFA will object to this development. Football elections were long overdue, the previous team was on its tenure and elections were necessary. I don’t see the issue of compliance with FIFA here, “he said.
“We hope that FIFA will understand and co-operate and we will co-operate with them as we try to complete the work assigned to us by the court.”
According to the timeline set by the court, the draft AIFF constitution prepared by the CoA in pursuance of the National Sports Code should be circulating among the stakeholders and their response would be sent to CoA Council Summer Bansal by June 30.
The COA will have to submit the Constitution to SC by July 15. The next hearing will take place on July 21.