Heavy blow to Kerala Blasters; The warm-up matches in the UAE will be missed

Earlier it was decided that Kerala Blasters will play warm-up matches in UAE on 20th, 25th and 28th of this month.

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Kochi, First Published Aug 17, 2022, 8:28 AM IST

Kochi: Heavy blow for Kerala Blasters preparing for ISL. The Blasters will not be able to play in the pre-season warm-up matches scheduled in the UAE after FIFA imposed a ban on the All India Football Federation. FIFA has told other member nations to end all football ties with India until the ban is lifted. With this, Blasters will lose the three warm-up matches scheduled in the UAE.

It was earlier decided that Kerala Blasters will play warm-up matches in UAE on 20th, 25th and 28th of this month. The ISL season starts on October 6. Notably, the upcoming ISL season will see the matches revert to the home and away format. Kochi will be the venue for Blasters’ 10 home matches including the inaugural match. Kerala Blasters will face ATK Mohun Bagan in the first match on October 6.

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FIFA banned the All India Football Federation yesterday for alleged mismanagement. AIFF chief Praful Patel continued in power despite the expiry of his term and the interference of a third party in the affairs of the federation led to FIFA’s ban. FIFA announced that the ban will be lifted when all the day-to-day operations of the All India Football Federation come under the new governing body.

The governing body of the All India Football Federation, headed by Praful Patel, who has been in the position of president since 2009, was dissolved by the Supreme Court and a three-member committee was appointed. The immediate FIFA Council banned India, stating that it is FIFA that has to sanction and take action on the federations of the member states and third party interference is against the law.

With FIFA’s ban, the venue of the Under-17 Women’s Football World Cup has become uncertain. The Youth Women’s World Cup was to be held in India from October 11 to 30. Until the ban is lifted, the Indian football team will not be able to play international matches. ISL and ILeague clubs will also miss AFC Women’s Club Championship, AFC Cup and AFC Champions League competitions.

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Last Updated Aug 17, 2022, 8:32 AM IST

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