October 3, 2023
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Gokulam Kerala barred from AFC Women’s club championship

In the end, none of the government’s pleas or efforts were successful. The stringent guidelines outlined in FIFA’s rulebook were adhered to strictly.

The sports ministry informed Indian Women’s League champions Gokulam Kerala on Saturday that the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will not grant them an exception so they can participate in the continental Club Championship, which got underway in Uzbekistan on Saturday. This follows a week-long saga.

“It looks like both FIFA and (Indian) federation people are two sides of the same coin… hand in gloves,” Gokulam Kerala president VC Praveen told The Indian Express. “We are really frustrated and feel like being made scapegoats. They clearly pinned us out. FIFA’s interest is the U-17 World Cup. Now the World Cup will happen.”

Gokulam Kerala have thus been the AIFF’s suspension, which has resulted in India’s international isolation first’s victim. ATK Mohun Bagan is the second club that can be affected by the conflict between FIFA and the CoA, which the Supreme Court appointed. On September 7, the juggernauts of the Indian Super League are slated to compete in the AFC Cup Inter-Zone semifinals. But if the suspension isn’t removed by then, they’ll also be eliminated from the contest.

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