Former All India Football Federation (AIFF) president, Praful Patel has written to FIFA president, Gianni Infantino requesting the world football governing body’s chief to not impose a ban on India after the national body was placed under a Committee of Administrators (CoA).

Patel who recently stepped down as president of the AIFF following the directive of the Supreme Court believes that holding elections at the earliest is critical and that he will request Infantino to give some leeway to India.

There are concerns that India could face a ban very soon, considering that FIFA have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to external interference in the functioning of national member federations – which could also see them decided to move the Under-17 Women’s World Cup from India, which is scheduled to take place later this year.

“I request the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) and FIFA to not impose a suspension at this stage, but instead to consider this important aspect of the Supreme Court order and enter into a dialogue with the CoA to receive a commitment that the said timelines laid down by the Supreme Court would be respected and strictly followed without allowing for delays on any account,” Patel said in his letter to Infantino.

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