Supreme Court asks government to help resolve the FIFA suspension

THE SUPREME COURT was informed today about ongoing efforts to lift the suspension of AIFF from the Indian government.

The ongoing case regarding CoA and the new AIFF constitution came up for hearing earlier today. But the session was mostly concerned with FIFA's decision to suspend India from international football.

The Court, after hearing from the Solicitor General, remarked,

"Mr Tushar Mehta, Learned Solicitor General of India, has informed the Court that a meeting took place, that the Government of India... is in active discussions with FIFA and concerned stakeholders... in order to facilitate the holding of the Under-17 World Cup in the country as planned. For this purpose, it has been stated that a meeting took place yesterday and the discussions are ongoing... we would impress upon the Union Government to take a proactive role in the matter so that the holding of the tournament, the U-17 World Cup, and the lifting of the suspension of AIFF in order to achieve that object is duly facilitated."

The next hearing is scheduled for Monday.

There was, however, no discussion on the exact conditions that FIFA have placed on AIFF for its suspension to be lifted; the first of which is the repeal of the CoA mandate.

The Court also noted that the ban had affected Gokulam Kerala FC's upcoming campaign in AFC Women's Club Championship, and asked the concerned authorities to write a letter to FIFA to address the situation.

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