Indian Football

Praful Patel: Former AIFF president claims that there is no immediate suspension for Indian football team

Arjun Singh Devgan
Praful Patel is the former AIFF president
Praful Patel is the former AIFF president / SADIQ ASYRAF/GettyImages

Former All India Football Federation (AIFF) president, Praful Patel has revealed that he has been in touch with FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) over Indian football's current administration changes.

It has been reported that FIFA and AFC might impose a ban on the country due to third party intervention in the form of the recent Supreme Court ruling after the court had formed a three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) to take care of the AIFF matters.

However, Patel claims that there is no need to be worried about an immediate suspension.

“I have been proactively engaging with them (FIFA and Asian Football Confederation) so they can understand the situation better. I have been successful to the extent that we’ve been able to avoid immediate suspension," he said as quoted by Indian Express.

A joint delegation from FIFA and AFC are expected to visit India on June 20 in order to meet the concerned parties related to Indian football, with the delegation reportedly even set to meet the CoA.

The Supreme Court had recently been forced to step in and dissolve the Praful Patel led committee and instead appoint a three-member CoA comprising of former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi, Justice Anil Dave and former Indian football team skipper Bhaskar Ganguly to head the AIFF on an interim basis.