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AIFF president Praful Patel becomes first Indian to be elected as FIFA Council member

first_img Press Trust of India Kuala LampurApril 6, 2019UPDATED: April 6, 2019 13:11 IST With 38 out of 46 votes, Praful Patel became the very first Indian to become a FIFA council member (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWith 38 out of 46 votes, Patel became the very first Indian to become a FIFA council memberHe was one of eight candidates vying a spot on the councilThe candidate eligibility review was carried out by the AFC Electoral committee and the FIFA Review CommitteeAll India Football Federation president Praful Patel was Saturday elected as a FIFA Council member, becoming the first Indian to enter the prestigious council in a landmark development. Patel got 38 out of 46 votes.The AIFF chief was one of the eight candidates vying for the spot in the election which was held during the 29th AFC (Asian Football Confederations) Congress in the Malaysian capital.Patel was accompanied by AIFF general secretary Kushal Das and senior vice-president Subrata Datta.”Mr. Patel’s victory is a “landmark for Indian football”. Congratulations to Mr. Patel. He fully deserves this honour. His leadership has taken Indian football to greater heights. Asian football will immensely benefit from his presence as a FIFA Council member,” Datta told PTI.Newly-elected FIFA Council Member Mr. Praful Patel secured a total of 38 votes out of 46, the highest number among all other candidates.#IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/7DE8TvrFJ3Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) April 6, 2019The AFC Electoral committee and the FIFA Review Committee conducted the eligibility review on all the candidates.A Al- Mohannadi (Qatar), Khalid Awad A. Althebity (Saudi Arabia), Mariano V. Araneta, Jr. (Philippines), Chung Mong Gyu (Korea Republic), Du Zhaocai (China PR), Mehdi Taj (IR Iran) and Kohzo Tashima (Japan) were the others who contested for the five available spots in the council.Earlier in the day, the congress re-elected Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa by acclamation as AFC president for a second four-year term until 2023.Shaikh Salman, whose presidency began in May 2013, was the only candidate for the position.advertisementThere were initially three candidates confirmed by the AFC Electoral Committee following the completion of the eligibility checks on March 1. The number was reduced following the withdrawals of Mohamed Khalfan Matar Saeed Al-Romaithi (UAE) and Saoud A. Aziz M A Al-Mohannadi (Qatar) both of whom threw their full support behind Shaikh Salman.Also Read | AIFF president Praful Patel set to be first Indian in FIFA Executive CouncilAlso Read | AIFF president Praful Patel to meet I-League clubsAlso Read | AIFF president Praful Patel in race for AFC’s FIFA council member electionAlso Watch | Great to have someone like Chris Gayle in KXIP: KL RahulFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow FIFA council memberFollow Praful PatelFollow FootballFollow first Indian man Next AIFF president Praful Patel becomes first Indian to be elected as FIFA Council memberAIFF chief Praful Patel was one of the eight candidates vying for the spot in the FIFA Council member election held in Malaysia.advertisementlast_img

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