The All India Football Federation went through a crisis over the last few weeks. First their budget was slashed by a big margin by the government and then the Supreme Court ordered the AIFF head to step down.
File photo Sunil Chhetri in India colours. (Courtesy: Reuters)
- India might be banned from international football after the AIFF fiasco
- If India get banned, the country might not see Sunil Chhetri take the field again
- The Supreme Court threw out AIFF president Praful Patel
India captain Sunil Chhetri has expressed his concerns over how things are unfolding in Indian football. The All India Football Federation went through monumental changes in the last month, after their President Parful Patel was thrown out of office by the Supreme Court. Patel, who had been occupying the office for way longer than his original tenure, was forced out by the apex court. Patel was scheduled to leave office on December 2020, but had been delaying his exit.
Earlier, Indian government had cut the funding of the footballing body as well over the failure of producing results in the last few years.
As things stand at the moment, India are at the risk of getting banned by the International Federation of Association Football after the mismanagement by AIFF and are scheduled to visit the country to review the whole saga.
Talismanic India striker Sunil Chhetri spoke about the matter on Friday, 3 June, and stated that a ban could be catastrophic for him in the final days of his career.
“No matter what is happening on that front, I hope it is under control and the country does not get a ban,” the iconic India captain said during a media interaction ahead of the Asian Cup qualifiers final round.
Chettri has been out with an injury crisis for the last six months and would be looking forward to get some game time in the competition. The veteran of 126 international for India returned on May 29 in India’s final preparatory game ahead of the the competition.
“Because, that will be catastrophic, not just for the whole country but for me, because I’m 37. I’m playing my last games. You never know when there’s a last game for you,” Chhetri said.
“So yes… I was scared when the headlines came, it affects you. But with my limited knowledge, when you go into it, you understand that it is not that dangerous and things will subside,” he added.