FIFA suspends Indian football federation over ‘third-party influences’

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FIFA on August 15 suspended the Indian football federation (AIFF) with “immediate effect due to undue influence from third parties”, jeopardising the country’s staging of the U-17 Women’s World Cup in October.

The suspension will remain in place until the All India Football Federation (AIFF) regains full control of its daily affairs, FIFA said in a statement.

The AIFF is in disarray and being run by administrators after former chief Praful Patel stayed in office beyond his term without fresh elections, which courts ruled invalid.

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India is due to host the U-17 Women’s World Cup from October 11-30. The 2020 tournament in India was cancelled and then postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


FIFA is an international governing body of association football, beach football and futsal.

  • President: Gianni Infantino
  • Founded: 21 May 1904, Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris, France
  • Headquarters: Zürich, Switzerland
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