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AIFF Elections: FIFA makes its stand clear on players representation, sports ministry responds to CoA

NationalAIFF Elections: FIFA makes its stand clear on players representation, sports ministry responds to CoA

Srinagar: The football governing body of World football FIFA has made its stand clear to Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports , Government of India on its opposition to individual members’ inclusion in the electoral college for the upcoming All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) elections.

Reports said that Committee of Administrators (CoA) AIFF on Monday received a communication from the ministry on FIFA’s demands and the sports ministry’s stand on the Indian football imbroglio.

“In the letter, the union sports ministry has mentioned everything about the suggestions given by FIFA during their meeting with the ministry,” news agency PTI quoted sources.

FIFA wants individual members of electoral college to come from the state associations and other entities.

The letter from the ministry was received a day after the CoA wrote to them asking for concrete advice based on FIFA’s requirements and the ministry’s stand on the same.

“We have given our stand on AIFF in a written reply to CoA which will be put before the court in the next hearing,” PTI further quoted ministry official.

Everything will be placed in front of the Supreme Court on August 17 which is also the last date of filing nomination for the post of AIFF president.

FIFA had also earlier said that it was “not a prudent idea” to have equal number of eminent players alongside the state association representatives. However, the world body is okay with the executive committee having 25 per cent former players as Co-opted members.

The elections to the executive committee of the AIFF will be held on August 28 and the poll process started following the notification by the returning officer, according to the order of the SC which is hearing the matter.

The inclusion of equal number of eminent players in the electoral college had become a bone of contention since the FIFA expressed its opposition to the move.

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