The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Central Government to take “proactive steps” with FIFA to work on lifting the suspension of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and ensure that India can get to host the Under-17 Women’s World Cup.
The world governing body of football suspended AIFF on Tuesday due to “undue influence from third parties” and also added that the U-17 Women’s World Cup slated for October this year in India “cannot currently be held” as planned.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the Centre, told the court that the Government has already held talks with FIFA after the suspension of AIFF and “some breaking of the ice” has taken place. The Solicitor Genera also informed that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) also played a key role in discussions with FIFA.
“On the request of Solicitor Genera Mehta, we ask Centre to take proactive measures to hold the U-17 World Cup and lifting of the suspension of AIFF be facilitated,” the Supreme Court bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, AS Bopanna and JB Pardiwala said.
The Supreme Court also adjourned the hearing in the matter to 22 August as per the Solicitor Genera ‘s request following the “active discussions” between the Central Government and FIFA.
FIFA, the apex football body, On Tuesday, the FIFA had suspended India for “undue influence from third parties” and stripped the country of the right to host the Under-17 Women’s World Cup.
The country was scheduled to host the FIFA tournament from October 11-30.
This is the first time that the AIFF has been banned by FIFA in its 85-year-old history.