AIFF’s acting general secretary Sunando Dhar wrote a letter to the world football governing body.

AIFF’s Acting general secretary, Mr. Sunando Dhar, has written to FIFA secretary general Ms. Fatma Samoura to “reconsider their decision of suspending the AIFF”. The FIFA Bureau Council had on August 15 suspended India with immediate effect for “undue third party influence.”

In its letter to AIFF, the FIFA secretary general had then said that the ban would only be lifted when the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) is fully repealed and the charge of the AIFF administration is handed to the federation. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled to disband the CoA and also handed the daily operations of the AIFF to the federation, led by the acting general secretary Sunando Dhar.

The apex court also modified its verdict from August 3 and said that only 36 state associations will form the electoral college that will elect the new AIFF Executive Committee. The EC will consist of 23 members, of whom 17 members – including the President, Treasurer and one Vice-President – will be elected by the representatives of the 36 member associations. The remaining six members will be eminent players (4 men and 2 women) who would be co-opted into the executive committee with voting rights.

Dhar, in the letter to the FIFA Secretary General, provided an update on the litigation before the Honourable Supreme Court of India and said: “It is with immense pleasure that we inform you that the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India (the “SC”) took up our matter and vide order dated 22.05.2022 was pleased to pass directions regarding the full repeal of the CoA mandate and consequently the AIFF having full charge of the AIFF’s daily affairs.”

“In view of the above, we request the FIFA and especially the Bureau to reconsider their decision of suspending the AlFF. Since the conditions set out in your Letter for the lifting of the suspension stand satisfied, we request that a order to that effect be passed at the earliest for the AIFF to continue with the smooth running of football in India,” the letter further stated.

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