Mumbai’s loss is Delhi’s gain
FIFA is set to shift India\'s Under-17 World Cup matches from Mumbai to Delhi as the apex soccer body has taken the host government\'s request \'very seriously\'.
New Delhi: FIFA is set to shift India's Under-17 World Cup matches from Mumbai to Delhi as the apex soccer body has taken the host government's request 'very seriously'.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) initially wanted Mumbai to host India's home matches but later asked FIFA to shift them to Delhi.
They cited pressure from the Union Sports Ministry as it feels that is appropriate that the capital hosts the host country's games.
Asked if they have finalised on shifting India's round robin matches from Mumbai to Delhi, FIFA's head of events Jaime Yarza said: " We take the requests from the Indian Government very seriously, as it's our main partner."
As hosts, India would normally be placed in Group A and will be the number one team -- A1 -- in the four-team group. Although, Navi Mumbai was originally scheduled to host Group A matches but the AIFF's request means Delhi could now host those matches.
Meanwhile, Navi Mumbai will have to settle for Group B games.The first FIFA event in India will be held across six Indian cities from October 6 to 28.