“FIFA has not spoken to us and we do not have an explanation yet,” said CoA member Dr. SY Quraishi in an interaction with the media on Sunday, effectively ruling out the suggestion that the final qualifier for the Asian Cup will be held in Kolkata on June 8 -14 were under a cloud by the SC order.
“We will send them the draft constitution so that they can give us their comments on the draft. We will surely take care of their concerns,” added Quraishi.
The narrative of a FIFA ban has been circulating since the SC regulation. “These kind of international isolation threats are actually inspired by our own people who are affected by the court decisions,” Quraishi said, adding that a high-profile team consisting of two FIFA officials and two from AFC would visit India on 11 June. The three-man CoA, along with the AIFF CEO and the OSD, are expected to meet with the FIFA-AFC joint team.
“In our meeting with the FIFA and AFC delegates, we want to clear up any misunderstandings they might have about this process. There are good people at work here and there is no personal agenda,” he stressed.
Quraishi hoped that a newly elected board of the AIFF would be in place by the end of September after an amended charter was presented to the SC by July 15.
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