AIFF problem: the government accepts the conditions of FIFA and requests the suspension of the CoA
While the International Football Federation (FIFA) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) banned the Indian Football Federation (AIFF) due to “third-party interference”, the Indian government filed a request on August 21 2022. before the Supreme Court seeking “direction and variation” of the orders dated May 18 and August 3, 2022 so that the stay can be lifted at the earliest.
The FIFA-AFC suspension imposed on the AIFF means that India has lost the hosting rights for the prestigious FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which was due to start in October and has also been banned to participate in FIFA-AFC tournaments.
In its plea, the government said that, “In view of the above developments and, in the interest of the game of football in the country generally…and with a view to ensuring that FIFA revokes the suspension and the consequences injurious thereto, plaintiff brings this motion for indulgence from this honorable Court.”
In its brief, the government pleaded for the administration and management of the AIFF to be carried out by a duly elected body and not by a third party (Committee of Trustees). and therefore the CoA should be dissolved.
“The voters list should only be made up of representatives of AIFF member state/UT associations and should not include players,” the government pleaded.
He also advocated for an independent electoral committee to be elected by the AIFF general assembly to organize the elections of a new executive committee and asked for the constitution to be revised in line with FIFA-AFC requirements.
“The same should be approved by the AIFF General Assembly without third party interference (CoA),” the plea reads.
The government also pleaded that “the election should take place at the earliest and that an elected body should take over the management of the functioning of the AIFF”.
“It is proposed that the EC could be composed of 23 members, including six eminent actors. The 17 members (including the president, a treasurer and a vice-president) will be elected by the above electoral college. , four will be men and two will be women Prominent players can be appointed (co-opted) to the EC and will have voting rights on the Executive Committee, bringing their representation to approximately 25% of the EC.
The nomination/co-optation of players within the executive council (06 in number), this one can be co-opted in the following way: “Of the six eminent players, there will be four men and two women. players can be nominated (co-opted) into the EC in the following objective manner.”
“Prominent Player means a former football player, male or female, retired for at least two years, who has represented India at senior level in at least one FIFA-AFC sanctioned competitive match (international matches). date of retirement shall be calculated from the date of the last game played.”
The Ministry finally prayed that the day to day running of the AIFF would be carried out by the AIFF Administration headed by the Acting Secretary General excluding the previously elected body and that the CoA would have no role in the administration of the AIFF from 22 August.
“Be pleased to demand that the CoA submit the final draft constitution to this Honorable Court by the end of August 23, and that the term of the CoA be declared fully terminated from August 23.
“Have the pleasure of modifying the electoral program to direct the election from the stage stipulated on 13.08.2022 on the basis of the electoral list containing only the representatives of the member associations which have already been published excluding the 36 players and be happy to ask the returning officers to complete all the stages of the election until the counting of the votes and the proclamation of the results with dates as modified as this honorable Court would like to specify”, pleaded the government .
(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)