Asian Cup qualifiers to reportedly go ahead in Kolkata despite visit from joint FIFA & AFC team

The upcoming 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers scheduled to take place in Kolkata next month will reportedly go ahead as planned despite fears that the world governing body of football, FIFA could ban India for third-party interference.

Praful Patel recently stepped down as the president of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) after 13 years as per a directive of the Supreme Court, with a three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) being appointed to run the federation on an interim basis.

There are fears that FIFA could ban India considering that they have banned other countries in the past due to third-party interferences, but a final decision will only be taken after a joint team from FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) visit the country next month.

“The FIFA team will be in India between June 11 and June 14 on a four-day visit. The team is likely to be joined by officials from the AFC and they will meet the CoA,” a report in Times of India stated.

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