FSDL moves Supreme Court as AIFF crisis deepens

FSDL moves Supreme Court as AIFF crisis deepens

FIFA’s ban on Indian football seemed a real possibility as business partners of the sport’s governing body in the country approached the Supreme Court over controversial clauses in the draft constitution. Several state associations and Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), the marketing partner of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), which runs the Indian Super League (ISL), have both filed separate intervention applications in the apex court, seeking disputes. The main bone. The I-League and ISL will go on to become the top-tier league of the country. In its application, FSDL has mentioned that the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has “failed” to consider its objections and has also “rejected” certain suggestions.

The matter will be heard on Thursday.

The FIFA-AFC team, which visited the country last month to take stock of the situation after the Supreme Court removed office-bearers led by Praful Patel, has set a strict deadline for holding elections till September 15. Had it.

In the section relating to the country’s leading men’s league, it is mentioned that the league will be run by the AIFF with promotion and relegation.

Although it is not mentioned in many words, it is clear that the clause was referring to the AIFF-managed I-League as the top league in the country, something that did not go down well with the FSDL, as its product ISL. was recognized as a top-tier league by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in October 2019.

There is no promotion and relegation in the ISL.

In the intervention application, it is mentioned that the applicant is constrained to approach the apex court because of “certain special rights and rights” granted in favor of the applicant under a long-term settlement – the master rights agreement dated December 9, 2010, done being “completely disregarded and violated on the basis of certain provisions contained in the proposed constitution of AIFF”.

“It is the humble submission of the applicant that the Committee of Administrators has failed to consider and even reject certain material suggestions and objections to the Constitution of AIFF by the applicant.

“Further the said provisions are also against the development and promotion of football in India,” it added in its application.

State associations, represented by a seven-member panel, had previously written to FIFA that several clauses of the final draft constitution prepared by the COA were discriminatory and illogical.

During a meeting between the COA and the state FA, Goa supported the I-League as the top league, as representatives Joaquim Alemao and Valanka Alemao represent I-League club Churchill Brothers.

Most other state units opposed the draft clause to place the I-League over the ISL.


With objections against more than 20 points by the FSDL and state units, there is a huge potential for a ban on the country by world football governing body FIFA.

FSDL pays Rs 55 crore annually for the rights and licenses to run the ISL.

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