MUMBAI: The India U-17 National Team, who were suppose to go for a exposure trip in Europe followed by a couple of friendlies against Mali at Mumbai next month, will now leave for Europe earlier than scheduled after the matches against Mali has been scrapped following FIFA’s decision to suspend Mali from international football on Friday.

The decision by FIFA was prompted by the actions of the Sports Minister of Mali Housseini Amion Guindo who decided to dissolve the executive committee of Mali Football Association and appoint a provisional committee mandated to run the association.

However, FIFA insists that all it’s Member Associations must manage it’s affairs independently and strongly oppose any kind of third party interference. FIFA has also suspended Kuwait for the same reason not very long ago.

As a result of this decision, Mali FA has lost all it’s FIFA membership rights, with immediate effect and until further notice. No team from Mali of any sort (including clubs) allowed to take part in international competitions as of 17 March 2017 and until the suspension is lifted.

Thus, The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has decided not to play against a country which is suspended by the Governing Body of World Football. India were scheduled to play against the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup runners on 6th and 9th April, will now play a couple of games extra in Europe.

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