In a massive setback for the country, the world football governing body Fifa on 16 August suspended India for "undue influence from third parties" and said the U-17 Women’s World Cup could not "currently be held in India as planned." The country is scheduled to host the Fifa tournament from 11-30 October onwards. This is the first time Fifa has banned the All India Football Federation (AIFF) in its 85-year history, with the apex body saying there have been "flagrant violations of the Fifa Statutes".
"The Bureau of the Fifa Council has unanimously decided to suspend the All India Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect due to undue influence from third parties, which constitutes a serious violation of the Fifa Statutes," Fifa said in a statement.
The Bureau of the Fifa Council said the lifting of the suspension would be subject to repealing the mandate of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) in full. In a sta...
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