The All-India Football Federation (AIFF) has been suspended by FIFA with immediate effect due to "undue influence" from third parties.
In a statement, the apex football body FIFA said "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”.
Further, the statement said “the suspension will be lifted once an order to set up a committee of administrators to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee has been repealed and the AIFF administration regains full control of the AIFF's daily affairs”.
"The suspension means that the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2022, scheduled to take place in India on 11-30 October 2022, cannot currently be held in India as planned," stated the release further.
The AIFF ran into trouble after former chief Praful Patel stayed in office beyond his term with the Supreme Court of India ruling it invalid. The SC had placed the AIFF under the aegis of a Committee of Administrators (CoA) it had selected in May 2022.