AIFF fail to send representative for SAFF election

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) were unable to send a representative for the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF), due to the woes currently plaguing the football federation in India.

The SAFF elections will take place on July 2nd at its headquarters in Dhaka and is expected to be won by Bangladesh Football Federation chief, Kazi Salahuddin for the fourth time in a row. The AIFF’s senior vice president Subrata Dutta was supposed to represent India in the meeting, but he withdrew his nomination on Friday night after the AIFF’s member associations expressed their displeasure following an appeal from ousted president, Praful Patel to the CoA for Dutta.

Patel virtually attended the final meeting of the visiting FIFA-AFC delegation with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and representatives of AIFF state associations on Thursday. The AIFF’s acting general secretary Sunando Dhar was also present in the meeting.

“After FIFA announced a deadline of Sept 15 to conduct elections and July 31 for approval of the new constitution, the meeting had practically ended with half of the attendants leaving their seats. Then Patel requested to speak and appealed to allow Subrata Dutta to stand for the election so that India does not go unrepresented in SAFF,” a state official reportedly told News9.

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