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FIFA chief Infantino could call on Prime Minister Modi to discuss Indian football next month | Football news

KOLKATA: The president of the world football governing body, Gianni Infantino, could visit India next month and call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the way forward for Indian football.
This was revealed at the All India Football Federation Executive Committee meeting (AIFF) here on Monday.
Infantino’s visit, if it takes place, will coincide with the final leg of the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup, which will be held in the country from October 11 to 30.
“At the beginning of the meeting, members were informed that FIFA President, Mr Gianni Infantino, may travel to India in the last week of October to summon the Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modic to discuss the way forward for Indian football,” the AIFF said in a statement released after the executive committee meeting.
“(AIFF) President has informed the Executive Committee of the deliberations that have taken place with the FIFA President and also of the possibility that he will meet with our Prime Minister, which will be updated as soon as it is scheduled,” said AIFF Secretary General. Shaji Prabhakaran.
“That would be an important day for the FIFA president to meet our honorable Prime Minister. They would make a number of announcements that would be groundbreaking,” he added.
This was the second board meeting of the new dispensation headed by President Kalyan Chaubey and Secretary General Prabhakaran.
Former Mohun Bagan and East Bengal goalkeeper Chaubey became the new AIFF president after beating former Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia 33-1 in polls decided by 34 members of the electoral college made up of representatives of the state association.
Chaubey, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata party from West Bengal, thus became the first former Indian player to be elected as head of the governing body of country football.

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