INDIAN & INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL NEWS - JULY : 2014

Delhi footballersl undertook a peaceful march to use the Talkatora ground.

 Delhi football Association protest

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A large number of Delhi's former international and national footballersl undertook a peaceful march tlast morning from capital's renowned Talkotra Football ground to the residence of Union Home Minister Raj Nat at Ashoka Road to present a memorandum lodging protest against the New Delhi Municipal Corporation authorities' arbitory decision for not permitting the footballers to use the ground.

The protest march was jointly organised by the Delhi Football Players Welare Assiociation ( Regd.) and Delhi Veteran Football Club. A five member delegation led by N. K. Bhatia, Hem Chand, Rajesh Lamba, Jeet Kumar were allowed to meet the Hon'ble Home Minister to present the memorandum on behalf of the footballers. He assured the delegaes to look into the matter and meanwhile had directed the concerned NDMC authorities for a corrective measure in this regard.

It may be recalled here that Talkotra Football ground had been in use for the Delhi football league and practice by the prominent Delhi's clubs- New Delhi Heroes , President Estate, Raisina Club etc., since pre-independence days. This ground had produced many renowned footballers namely Mewa Lal, Umesh Sood, Dev Raj Katyal, T. N. Lal, Kewal Kaushik, Amba Suri, Dig Vijay Chauhan, Dinesh Suri, Rajesh Lamba, Ashok Madhok etc. Recently, new goal posts were also erected by the authorities but now the same have been found removed by the NDMC authorities without any reasonable reason. Veteran footballers every Sunday assembed at the ground to play the game.

It is a pity that there is an much hue and cry by all concerned that sports & sportspersons should be encourged to play but how it can be possible without the availability of the play fields in the country. There were plenty of football fields in and around the capital city of India from the 50-70 era, when India's football was at the peak at Asia and world level, but many prominent play fields such as Crescent ground, Mughal ground near Firozshah Kotla, Maulana Azad ground, Minto Road, Independent ground, Delhi Gate, Union ground near Ganda Nal, ISBT Mori Gate, President Estate ground, Rastrapati Bhawan etc., have been vanished now due to the apathy of the concerned authorities.

More-over the rental of the exiting play-fields such as Dr. Ambedkar Stadium, Thyagraj Nagar Sports complex, JNS Stadium have been increased many folds to make it impossible for the state association to hire them. Keeping in view the forth-coming FIFA Under-17 World Cup scheduled to be held in the capital in the 2017, the DFPWA and DVF urge the Hon'ble Home Minister and Lt. Governor of Delhi for initiating immediate urgent steps to direct NDMC to reverse their action & also direct other concerned authorities namely MCD, Sports Authority of India and Delhi Govt, to make available the existing infrastructure available at nominal & reasonable rates to the state association and the footballers to use the concerned play field in order to safeguard the interests of the game as well as the footballers.

Nigeria Football Federation Suspended by FIFA After Government Interference

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The FIFA Emergency Committee has decided today, 9 July 2014, to suspend the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with immediate effect, on account of government interference. Article 13, par. 1 and article 17, par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes oblige member associations to manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties.

The decision follows a letter sent by FIFA to the NFF on 4 July 2014, in which it expressed its great concern after the NFF was served with court proceedings and consequently an order preventing the president of the NFF, the NFF Executive Committee members and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football was granted by a High Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The said court order compelled the Nigerian Minister of Sports to appoint a senior member of the civil service to manage the NFF until the matter was heard in court, without giving any date for such a hearing. The authorities then appointed a person who decided to convene an extraordinary general assembly on 5 July 2014. This extraordinary general assembly was convened in violation of the NFF statutes.

Originally, an elective congress had been planned by the NFF to take place on 26 August 2014.

The suspension will be lifted once the court actions have been withdrawn and the properly elected NFF Executive Committee, the NFF general assembly and the NFF administration are able to work without any interference in their affairs.

As a result of this decision, no team from Nigeria of any sort (including clubs) can have any international sporting contact (art. 14 par. 3 of the FIFA Statutes). During the period of suspension, the NFF may not be represented in any regional, continental or international competitions, including at club level, or in friendly matches. The most immediate effect is that Nigeria will not be entitled to participate in the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (5-24 August 2014) should the suspension not be lifted by 15 July 2014. In addition, neither the NFF nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any FIFA or CAF development programmes, courses or training during the suspension period.

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