“FIFA hasn’t spoken to us as yet and we have not got any statement,” CoA member, Dr SY Quraishi said in an interaction with the media on Sunday, effectively ruling out the suggestion that the Asian Cup final qualifiers in Kolkata June 8-14 were under a cloud following the SC order.
“We will send the draft constitution to them so that whatever comment they have on the draft they can share with us. We will surely take care of their concerns,” Quraishi added.
The narrative of a FIFA ban has been doing the rounds ever since the SC order. “These kind of threats of international isolation are actually been inspired by our own people who are getting affected by the court decisions,” Quraishi said, adding that a high-profile team com- prising two FIFA officials and two from AFC would visit India from June 11. The three-man CoA, alongwith the AIFF CEO and the OSD, is expected to meet with the joint FIFA-AFC team.
“In our meeting with the FIFA and AFC delegates, we want to dispel any misconception they might have about this process. There are good people at work here and there’s no personal agenda at play,” he pointed out.
Quraishi was hopeful that a newly-elected body of the AIFF should be in place by September end, once a modified constitution was submitted to the SC by July 15.