AIFF may face sanctions if Carlos and Edmilson play in the Kolkata exhibition match

Kolkata: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) could find themselves in hot soup with FIFA should the duo of Roberto Carlos and Edmilson take to field in the exhibition match between Brazilian Masters and Indian Football Association XI on December 8 at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.

As per the directive of FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC), any organisation of a football match involving players from other federations must be notified to the two organisations at least 60 days in advance. The Sports Ministry of India had also mentioned earlier as to how it is imperative for the organisers to intimate them a minimum of 90 days before scheduling any such match. The AIFF Executive Committee had passed a resolution last year that organisers of any exhibition game must seek their clearance at least a 100 days prior to the said date.

As reliably learnt from, these deadlines were ignored by the organisers. More importantly, when the AIFF in good faith still considered their request despite being late in seeking permission and wrote to FIFA stating that an exhibition match with players of yesteryear is being held in Kolkata.

According to those in the know, the governing body of world football categorically mentioned that their authorization for the game isn’t required if the players participating have retired “more than 30 months before the scheduled tie."

It must be noted that Roberto Carlos decided to hang his boots only in August while plying his trade for Anzhi Makhachkala this year while Edmilson retired only last year with Brazilian side Ceara. Carlos and Edmilson famously donned the jersey of Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively and were part of the 2002 World Cup winning squad.

It will be noted that the AIFF had informed the organisers and the Indian Football Association (IFA), who are the governing body for football in the state of West Bengal, of the stipulated rule. However it seems that the rule was ignored when the organisers announced the names of Roberto Carlos and Edmilson in the squad for Brazilian Masters.

FIFA could take an action against the national football federation, as in this case the AIFF, if there is a breach of rules and regulations, which must serve as a warning to the organisers.

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