AIFF president Praful Patel STEPS DOWN


Praful Patel Resigns: Praful Patel steps down – In one of the most surprising events of the say, All India Football President (AIFF) president Praful Patel has decided to step down from his post. Patel who has already served his maximum three-term stint is not eligible to contest for a fourth term. Patel faced quite a backlash after failing to hold the election in 2020 when his term ended, however, AIFF argued that they have submitted the AIFF Constitution to clarify a few points. Follow Indian Football Live Updates on InsideSport.IN

Praful Patel Resigns: AIFF president Praful Patel STEPS DOWN amid backlash, Supreme Court appointed CoA takes charge
Praful Patel Resigns: AIFF president Praful Patel STEPS DOWN amid backlash, Supreme Court appointed CoA takes charge

Praful Patel Resigns: AIFF president Praful Patel STEPS DOWN amid backlash, Supreme Court appointed CoA takes charge

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“I thank the Honourable Supreme Court for bringing finality to a long pending issue since 2017. The term of the elected committee expired in December 2020, and we had in November 2020 suo moto approached the Honourable Supreme Court for an early resolution of the matter, and appropriate directions.”

“The AIFF constitution broadly follows the sports code 2011 for age and tenure limits, and therefore I was in any way going to step down from office, and neither was I eligible for re-election,” he added.

Previously Patel formed his own three-membered team to take control of AIFF and the working of the organization. However, as per the ruling of the Supreme Court, a brand new CoA has been appointed that will be taking control of the AIFF. This three-membered CoA consists of Anil Dave, SY Qureshi, and Bhaskar Ganguly.

“I am very happy that we have been able to professionalise Indian football and that we have a very strong grassroots programme which in the coming years will catapult us to the next level, and find its true place and recognition in the global map.”

Praful Patel Resigns: AIFF president Praful Patel STEPS DOWN amid backlash, Supreme Court appointed CoA takes charge

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“India has also had the honour and privilege to host the first-ever FIFA World Cup in India which was a resounding success. It brought international recognition and appreciation for the growth and popularity of football in India. I have also had the proud honour of being the Senior Vice president of the Asian Football Confederation, as well as being the first Indian representative to be duly elected to the FIFA Council with the highest number of votes.”

“I wish the Committee of administrators all the very best, and request them to fulfil their responsibilities of providing a new Constitution compliant with the National Sports Code which we are already broadly complying with, while keeping in mind AFC and FIFA statutes. A speedy resolution, and a newly elected body will serve in the best interest of Indian Football.”

“I am always available for the service to take Indian Football forward together, and once again express my gratitude for having received the love and affection and honour to serve the sport,” Patel concluded.

Praful Patel Resigns: AIFF president Praful Patel STEPS DOWN amid backlash, Supreme Court appointed CoA takes charge





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