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Fifa official raps India

sports Updated: Jun 11, 2011 01:07 IST
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A top Fifa official rapped India saying its tardy pace of development is impeding football's growth. "Due to its potential, India is the only country that Fifa has made specific commitments to support AIFF (All India Football Federation). But delays in completion of projects undertaken have resulted in slower development of football in India," said Thierry Regenass, director Member Associations and Development Division, Fifa, here on Friday.

He was speaking at a seminar organised by the International Football Arena.

"FIFA would love to come to India. India should bid for the under-17 World Cup and that would certainly provide a huge impetus to the development of infrastructure and the game of football in India," Regenass said.

Former Chelsea star Graeme Le Saux, also a speaker at theseminar, said they are looking to enter the Indian market at the right moment. "We are in dialogue with like-minded people. It's just that we need to gauge the viability and commitment of our Indian partner," Le Saux said.