Indian Football

CAG forms team to audit All India Football Federation

Mudeet Arora
AIFF chief Praful Patel (R) has been under CAG's scanner
AIFF chief Praful Patel (R) has been under CAG's scanner / SADIQ ASYRAF/GettyImages

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on Wednesday formed a team to conduct a thorough audit of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

The AIFF has been alleged to have major financial issues over the last four years and they have recently been in the news for all the wrong reasons due to a delay in their committee elections for a over a year.

Currently being led politician Praful Patel, who is the President of the board, AIFF have categorically denied claims of an audit.

"CAG has constituted a team today to audit AIFF's record of last four financial years and there is an instruction from the higher authorities to the special team to go deep into the details and carry out a thorough investigation," a Indian football source told Press Trust of India.

Press Trust of India also got a quote from a federation official who stated, "First thing is, the federation has not received any special letter from CAG recently on audit of the AIFF financial statements for the last four financial years -- 2017-18 to 2020-21. This is a normal thing and not a one-off issue."

Reacting to all the news surrounding them, AIFF said in a statement, "Contrary to certain media reports, the AIFF would like to clarify that it has been submitting a copy of its audited financial statements to the CAG. In fact, audited accounts from 2017-18 to 2020-21 have all been submitted to them.

"The AIFF did receive a letter on June 18, 2021, from CAG asking for audited finances along with a copy of documents of financial grants from MYAS and other sources for the period from 2017-18 to 2020-21.

"It was on August 30, 2021, that all relevant documents for the period from 2017-18 to 2019-20 were submitted, and subsequently, all audited financials for the period of 2020-21 were submitted on February 10, 2022."

Praful Patel completed three terms (12 years) as AIFF president in December 2020, but has continued to lead AIFF, with no elections being held till date, citing a pending petition in the Supreme Court regarding the federation's constitution.