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Patel meets Blatter for U-17 World Cup

Posted on Jan 23, 06:14PM | IBNS

All India Football Federation President Praful Patel met FIFA President Joseph Blatter, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and Thierry Regenass, Director Member Associations and Development Vision, FIFA, to discuss the issues relating to the guarantees from the Government of India required by FIFA regarding the hosting of the U-17 in 2017.

The meeting took place at the FIFA Headquarters in Zurich on Wednesday.

Patel explained to Blatter and Valcke that all the requirements mentioned in the guarantees are fulfilled by the existing legislations of the country and the Government of India had already sent a letter to FIFA explaining the same and giving its unequivocal support for hosting the U-17 World Cup, 2017.

The Government of India letter was also supported by a legal opinion endorsing the declaration by it.

"The meeting was very positive and FIFA agreed to review the letter of the Government of India and the legal opinion with their legal department and requested AIFF to send their legal advisors for a meeting with FIFA so that the matter can be explained in greater detail," said an AIFF statement.

(Image courtesy: AIFF)