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INDIA FOOTBALL NEWS - OCT 2017 :: NEWS GALLERY - YEAR (2013-2017)

DELHI HIGH COURT CANCEL THE ELECTION OF AIFF PRESIDENT HON'BLE DELHI HIGH COURT CANCEL THE ELECTION OF AIFF PRESIDENT

31.10.2017 The Hon'ble Delhi High Court on Tuesday set aside the election of Praful Patel as President of All India Football Federation. The court ordered for a fresh election within next five months. This was the forth term of Praful Patel as the President of AIFF after he was re-elected in December 2016.

The hon'ble Delhi High Court in a verdict said that election was conducted without following the National Sports Code. Meanwhile the hon'ble former Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi will act as the the administrator of the AIFF. This was ordered by a bench headed hon'ble Justice Ravindra Bhat.

AIFF OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE STATMENT

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is aware that earlier today (October 31, 2017) the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi has pronounced its judgment in the matter which was earlier reserved on 12th May, 2017. AIFF understands that the hon’ble court has to make certain corrections, after which the order would be made available to the parties.

The Hon’ble High Court while pronouncing the order appointed Dr. S. Y. Quraishi as the administrator and the returning officer to conduct a fresh election within 5 months. The Hon’ble High Court also directed to amend the AIFF Constitution to make it compliant with the National Sports Code.

Earlier, the Hon’ble Court vide its order dated 15th December, 2016 had observed that the election ought to be conducted as per the applicable rules of the institution concerned and also in consonance with the National Sports Code and the elections guidelines contained with respect to conduct and eligibility conditions including age, tenure and restrictions. That the Hon’ble Court further vide the same order restrained AIFF from completing its election scheduled for 21st December, 2016.

Immediately, AIFF had approached the Hon’ble High Court and filed a detailed affidavit to bring on record that AIFF has followed the Election process as prescribed under Sports Code, its Constitution as well FIFA & AFC statutes. AIFF also apprised the Hon’ble High Court that the Constitution of AIFF is in compliance with the terms of age limit, tenure limit of prime office bearers and one state-one vote policy.

Accordingly, the Hon’ble Court allowed AIFF to proceed with elections vide its order 20th December, 2016. AIFF conducted its election under the supervision of a retired High Court Judge, who acted as the Returning Officer. AIFF’s election process is as per the FIFA and AFC statutes as well.

AIFF is fully compliant with all statutory regulations in terms of the Registrar of Societies Act as well as other notifications and orders of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports also confirmed and verified in the past that that AIFF’s election was in strict compliances with its Constitution and National Sports Code.

AIFF is not aware of the reasons of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court to pass this order. Once AIFF receives the copy of the Order from the Hon’ble High Court, AIFF will decide the course of action in accordance with the law.

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Executive Producer FIFA TV and his cameraman visited East Bengal Club
Executive producer Paul Budein and Cameraman Andrew.

Executive Producer FIFA TV and his cameraman visited East Bengal Club



29.10.17: A documentary on East Bengal Club can be seen on FIFA TV soon. FIFA has shown their interest to shoot a documentary on Red and Gold who are at the verge of centenary.

Paul Budimir Executive Producer FIFA TV and his cameraman Andrew visited East Bengal Club to film a documentary of the club.They praised the infrastructure and filmed the club's youth development.They confirmed that FIFA had decided to do a documentary of East Bengal Club as it was the leading and most succesful football club in India having a large fan base at home and abroad. They interviewed Dr Pranab Das Gupta (President),Mr Kalyan Majumdar (General Secretary),Arnab Mondal (Captain) and Academy Coach Ranjan Chaudhuri.


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7 Decades of Indian football and FIFA U17 World Cup

Former India stars call to modernise grass-root programs


25.10.2017 : Former football stars exuded confidence that modern and professional training can do a world of good to the Indian juniors. Legendary goalkeeper BhaskarGanguly, who led India at their last best performance in 1982 Delhi Asian Games, Victor Amalraj, Tanumay Bose and Mohammad Farid spoke at the ‘7 Decades of Indian football and FIFA U17 World Cup’ seminar organized and hosted by Al RiyadaPvt Ltd here on Wednesday.

The seminar, which also marked the beginning of Riyada’s foray into Indian market, focused on the football’s emergence in the country from the 1948 London Olympic Games to the ongoing FIFA competition. Amalraj, who had played and captained Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting, believes that structural revamp and proper grassroots set-up is important to bolster the youth development programme.

“We’ve had many academies since ages, but all of them lacked proper infrastructure. I really appreciate Riyada has taken a positive step to promote youngsters," said Amalraj, who joined Mohammedan Sporting in 1978. Riyada, who are likely to expand their base to Europe, wants to help the city’s youngsters with their international relations.

“We work closely with the international market because of our tie-up with Villareal-based PinoSport Elite. Our initial target is to work at the grass-root level in Bengal and Hyderabad with a systematic and professional approach,” said Riyada Director Mohammad Aminul Islam.

Recently, the sports management and marketing company has helped a group of underprivileged footballers trained by Farid on the city’s eastern fringes.“Modern football has advanced to a different level. Indian football should adapt to that modern approach,” said Ganguly.

Farid, the last Hyderabadi to play for the national team as well as with the city’s Big Three in the 80s, said professional guidance is important for budding players. “We’re happy Riyada has come forward to guide us,” said the 58-year-old, who had joined East Bengal in 1981. As a first major step, the company wants to scout talent in Bengal and Hyderabad.

Asked why Riyada is interested in Hyderabad, Abidul Islam, who looks after its India operation, said, “Hyderabad football’s past glory fascinates us. We can’t ignore the contribution of the outstanding Olympians and players groomed under the great Rahim sahib.” Bose, a former goalkeeping coach with U-16 national team, also eulogized Doha-based company’s efforts and felt others also should follow their steps. “We’ve many talented boys, but only the right professional guidance can help them reach their goals,” he said.

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7 Decades of Indian football and FIFA U17 World Cup

Former India stars to speak at ‘7 Decades of Indian football and FIFA U17 World Cup’

24.10.2017 : Organised and hosted by city and Doha-based sports markeng and management company Al Riyada Pvt Ltd, ‘7 Decades of Indian football and FIFA U17 World Cup’ here on Wednesday will focus on the sport’s emergence in India since the 1948 London Olympic Games to the ongoing FIFA competition in the country.

The interactive session, to be held at the Press Club, will have former Bengal and Hyderabadi footballers including legendary goalkeeper Bhaskar Ganguly, who led India at their last best performance in 1982 Delhi Asian Games, and former ‘keeper Tanumay Bose.

Former India internationals Victor Amalraj, who had played and captained Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporng, and Mohammad Farid, the last Hyderabadi to represent India at the internaonal level, are the other speakers.

“It’s a great effort by Riyada to organise an event involving the forgo;en stars. It’s a privilege to be in Calcu;a, where I earned fame,” said Amalraj. Some announcements on youth development programmes will also be made by Riyada, who are likely to expand their base to Europe.

“We work closely with the internaonal market because of our e-ups with Villareal-based PinoSport Elite. Our inial target is to work at the grass-root level in Bengal and Hyderabad with a systemac and professional approach,” said Al Riyada Pvt Ltd Director Mohammad Aminul Islam.

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 Journalist Novy Kapadia Book Released 2017

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AIFF League Committee Meets At Football House

20.10.2017-AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Mr. Subrata Datta chaired AIFF’s League Committee Meeting at the AIFF Headquarters, the Football House in Dwarka on Friday (October 20, 2017). Representatives from all participating I-League Clubs, FSDL and Star Sports attended the meeting as invitees.

The Committee ratified the format of the 2nd division League which would be competed among 20 teams including 12 teams from various states and the 8 reserve teams from clubs playing in the Hero Indian Super League.

As approved by the AIFF Executive Committee, the Committee was apprised about a decrease in the number of foreigners to be playing in the 2nd Division League. As per the regulations of the upcoming edition, clubs can register 3 foreigners including one player from Asian quota, out of which two can play on the field at any given time.

The proposed fixture of the Hero I-League was up for discussion and the AIFF has asked the Clubs to revert back within 72 hours giving their thoughts, readiness of the teams and infrastructure to finalise the schedule.

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Executive Committee meeting of Mohun Bagan
12.10.2017: Mohun Bagan Press Release : The following decisions has been taken in Executive Committee meeting of Mohun Bagan

1) Mrs.Sohini Mitra Chaubey has been elected unanimously as one of the Director of the company which is functioning to handle the football affairs.

2) It has been unanimously decided that Mohun Bagan will participate in the next edition of the coveted Durand Cup to be held at Kolkata.

3) The issue of unprofessional attitude and partial behaviour of The Indian Football Association (WB) towards the club and because of the same, the possibility of de-affiliating from The IFA has been also discussed in the meeting. The Executive Members has unanimously taken the decision to form a 5 members Core Committee. The following members will be the part of the committee:

i. Mr.Anjan Kumar Mitra
ii. Mr.Srinjoy Bose
iii. Mr.Debasis Dutta
iv. Mr.Satyajit Chatterjee
v. Mr.Swapan Banerjee

The committee will discuss and decide the future course of action, which may also include De-affiliation from The Indian Football Association (WB) and seeking affiliation from the any other State Association.

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