There was palpable tension among top players as well as top ISL and I-League clubs following FIFA’s ban on Indian football due to ‘third party interference’ .
In accordance with Article 13 of the FIFA Statutes, the letter sent by the Secretary General of world football’s governing body, Fatma Samoura, states that “AIFF representatives and club teams are therefore no longer allowed to participate in international competition until the suspension is lifted.
“This also means that neither the AIFF nor any of its members or officials can benefit from development programs, courses or training from FIFA and/or the AFC.” senior men’s team in late 2023 or early 2024, some of the fixtures scheduled for age group clubs and national teams in the coming months could well be tricky ground. PTI looks at some of the upcoming missions under threat ————————– ——————– India Men’s National Team ———————— —— The two friendly internationals against Vietnam (September 24) and Singapore (September 27) will be canceled if the ban is not lifted at the earliest.
A few years ago, the Indian men’s team struggled to get quality matches in FIFA international friendlies, and much of the blame lay with the administration of the Indian Football Federation (AIFF ).
Things changed slightly after Croatian head coach Igor Stimac pushed for more friendlies, which his predecessors Stephen Constantine and Wim Koevermans lacked. The ban put the senior team back to square one.
Gokulam women wait anxiously in Uzbekistan —————————————— — —— Indian Women’s League champions Gokulam Kerala were due to open their AFC Women’s Club Championship campaign against local team Sogdiana-W in Qarshi, Uzbekistan on 23 august.
The Kozhikode-based side are next set to face Iran’s Bam Khatoon FC in their next round-robin match on August 26.
While the Supreme Court scheduled the case for an urgent hearing on Wednesday, it will be an anxious wait for the team that landed in Tashkent on Tuesday.
Gokulam Kerala had participated in the last edition of the continental pilot tournament last year and finished third in the four-team event.
Mohun Bagan’s September 7 AFC Cup inter-zone semi-finals under the clouds ————– ——- ——————————————- ——— ATK Mohun Bagan, one of India’s most beloved football clubs, were due to play their AFC Cup inter-zonal semi-finals on September 7, but a sudden A look at the AFC website will show that ATKMB’s name is not currently among the eight clubs in the play-offs.
The teams listed on the website are PSM Makassar, Kedah Darul Aman, Viettel FC, Kuala Lumpur City FC, Arabi SC, Al Seeb, East Riffa, Al Riffa.
Mohun Bagan played excellent football during the group league stage and their fans were looking forward to the upcoming games at continental level.
India’s AFC U-20 Iraq Qualifiers start on September 14 ———————————- —- —————- India, who recently won the SAFF U-20 Cup under S Venkatesh, are due to play the AFC U-20 Qualifiers in Iraq.
India are clubbed in a very tough group with hosts Iraq, Australia and Kuwait.
The matches are scheduled for September 14 (Iraq), 16 (Australia) and 18 (Kuwait) respectively in the Iraqi city of Basra.
Could Lose Massive FIFA Subsidies —————————————— It is learned that FIFA has reportedly awarded grants to the tune of $3 million over the past three years.
This money is used by the AIFF for the development of grassroots football in the country. If the ban persists, each year AIFF stands to lose $500,000 in grants.
However, an AIFF insider said FIFA currently pays its member nations in kind – such as building astro-turf, providing footballs, shirts and other equipment – and not in cash.
All of this could be stopped.
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