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SC may include ex-footballer in panel to oversee AIFF

IANS  |  New Delhi 

In a potentially significant move for football administration in India, the Supreme indicated on Friday that an eminent former footballer may be asked to assist former Chief Commissioner S. Y. Quraishi in overseeing the working of the AIFF.

The Delhi High had on October 31 set aside the of Praful Patel as president of the All Football Federation (AIFF) on the grounds that it was conducted without following the National Code and asked for fresh polls within five months.

The High had also appointed S. Y. Quraishi as the AIFF administrator.

The order came two days after successfully hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the first time. Patel had said during the tournament that was also looking to host the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

While hearing the AIFF's plea against that order on Friday, the apex reserved its judgment and the next hearing will take place on Monday.

"The special leave petition filed by the AIFF was heard by the Hon'ble Supreme today. After hearing the arguments the Supreme has reserved its judgment," the AIFF said in a statement.

"Till the final order is released any report or statement on outcome of the matter is merely speculative. A formal statement will be made by the AIFF upon receipt of the detailed order."

While filing a plea against the Delhi High Court's order earlier this week, AIFF counsel Amit Anand Tiwari had contended that the appointment of an administrator for running the affairs of the federation may result in it being derecognised by FIFA -- the international body for football.

Tiwari had told the apex that if the High order was not stayed, the AIFF would not be able to bid for the hosting of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The petition said that the bidding process for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2019 is to be completed by November 14.

The AIFF counsel had also referred to 11 international football events that will take place this year and over the next two years and the chances of the country's national team participating in them may be jeopardised if it continues to be run by the court-appointed administrator.

AIFF referred to the FIFA suspending the affiliation of the Pakistan Football Federation after the appointment of an administrator by the Lahore High

Recently the Lahore High had appointed an administrator for the Pakistan Football Federation and FIFA, invoking Article 16 Para 1, Article 16 Para 3 and Article 13 of the FIFA statute, suspended the affiliation of the Pakistan Football Federation.

Setting aside the of Praful Patel and other members of the AIFF executive, the High had said that they were conducted without following the National Code.

Patel became acting president of the AIFF in 2008 when its then chief, Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi suffered a cardiac arrest. He was installed as full-time president in October 2009 and was re-elected for a second stint in December 2012.

He got a shot at his third stint as AIFF chief in December last year.

The AIFF had defended Patel's for a third term, asserting that it has followed all the provisions laid down by the National Code, FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).



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First Published: Fri, November 10 2017. 20:52 IST