In a setback to India, world football's apex governing body FIFA has suspended the All India Football Federation (AIFF) citing unnecessary third-party interference and stripped it of hosting rights for the U-17 Women's World Cup to be held in October. For. India was to host the FIFA competition from October 11 to 30. This is the first time in its 85-year history that FIFA has banned the AIFF. FIFA has said that the suspension will come into force with immediate effect. Here, after this tough decision of FIFA, the reaction of many footballers has come. In which former captain Bhaichung Bhutia and former AIFF general secretary Kushal Das are also involved.
FIFA's decision very tough, but also an opportunity to organize the game: Bhutia
Former captain Bhaichung Bhutia termed FIFA's decision to ban Indian football as very harsh. Bhutia said, it is very unfortunate that FIFA has banned Indian football and I think this decision is very harsh. "But at the same time, I think this is a great opportunity to improve our system," he said. It is extremely important that all the stakeholder federations, state associations come together and reform the system and work for the betterment of Indian football.
What former AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said
Former AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said on FIFA's decision, I was very sad when I heard about it. I worked for AIFF for 12 years. I strengthened the financial position of FIFA to the best of my ability. When I left AIFF, it had assets worth more than Rs 20 crore. I don't think except BCCI, any other organization will have that much. The claims of financial irregularities are not true, he said. He said, the decision of FIFA will have a very bad effect on Indian football.
Former Indian star Shabbir Ali calls it unfortunate
Former Indian star Shabbir Ali called it extremely unfortunate and a blow to Indian football. Whatever happened is very unfortunate and it is a setback for Indian football. I hope the suspension will be lifted soon after the elections are over. The U-17 Women's World Cup should be held in India itself and I hope all things go well and this tournament will be played in India.