FIFA Red Cards Figo’s Fut­sal

The Economic Times - - Sports -

The Premier Fut­sal League (PFL) has at­tracted Fifa’s at­ten­tion — and re­port­edly not the right kind — just a day af­ter a wellpub­li­cised event fea­tur­ing for­mer Por­tu­gal and Real Madrid star Luis Figo.

The Press Trust of In­dia has re­ported that Fifa has writ­ten to the All In­dia Football Fed­er­a­tion (AIFF) on the PFL. An un­named source was quoted by PTI as say­ing: “Fifa’s head of events, Jaime Yarza, has sent a let­ter to the AIFF ex­press­ing con­cerns over a non-af­fil­i­ated group hav­ing an­nounced the Fut­sal League, which has not been sanc­tioned by them.”

How­ever, Balu Nayar, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, PFL said that the league could ex­ist in­de­pen­dent of FIFA un­der the AMF (Aso­ciación Mun­dial de Fut­sal). The AMF is a gov­ern­ing body of fut­sal that be­gan op­er­a­tions in 1971 un­der the name FIFUSA (Aso­ciación Mun­dial de Fút­bol de Salón). Fifa and AMF ex­ist in­de­pen­dent of each other and or­gan­ise events sep­a­rately. The AMF even has its own Asian and world fut­sal cham­pi­onships. FIFA got into fut­sal af- ter the AMF, in the late 1980s, added Nayar. Figo was also an­nounced as the pres­i­dent of the league, which was planned by In­dian en­trepreneurs un­der the en­tity Premier Fut­sal Man­age­ment Pvt Ltd. The league, in as­so­ci­a­tion with AMF-af­fil­i­ated Fut­sal As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia, will have eight fran­chises — in Delhi, Mum­bai, Kolkata, Chen­nai, Ben­galuru, Kochi, Hy­der­abad and Goa.

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