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AIFF selection: Bhaichung Bhutia threatens legal action after AIFF executive committee rejects his request to discuss Shaji Prabhakaran’s appointment

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AIFF election: Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia on Monday said he may explore legal options after the All India Football Federation (AIFF)…

AIFF Selection: Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia said on Monday that he might explore legal options after the All India Football Federation (AIFF) rejected his request for a discussion on the appointment of Shaji Prabhakaran as general secretary under the executive committee
meet here. Prabhakaran, who was in the electoral college representing Football Delhi, was named AIFF general secretary a day after former India goalkeeper Kalyan Chaubey beat Bhutia 33-1 in the September 2 presidential polls. Follow Indian football LIVE updates with InsideSport.IN

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Bhutia had alleged that appointing an elector to a salaried post in the federation has an element of “negotiation”. He had requested the AIFF to include the appointment of Prabhakaran in the executive management agenda. “I attended the AIFF executive committee meeting today but my request for a discussion on Shaji’s appointment as general secretary was rejected. I raised the issue but they said they would only focus on the agenda and there would be no discussion on the issue. Bhutia told PTI.

AIFF selection: Bhaichung Bhutia threatens legal action after AIFF executive committee rejects his request to discuss Shaji Prabhakaran’s appointment

“I am very disappointed. I made the request two or three days in advance, but it was not on the agenda for the meeting.” Asked if he will take legal action in the matter, Bhutia said: “It is an option I will keep. I will consult with my people and decide on the future course of action.” The 45-year-old Bhutia, Indian football’s poster boy until he retired in 2011, reiterated his claims of possible “negotiations” over the appointment of Prabhakaran, a former FIFA Regional Development Officer for South and Central Asia, as the AIFF- general secretary.

AIFF selection: Bhaichung Bhutia threatens legal action after AIFF executive committee rejects his request to discuss Shaji Prabhakaran’s appointment

“He (Prabhakaran) was a voter in AIFF elections, election agent of (Kalyan) Chaubey and president of an association (Football Delhi). Appointing him to a salaried position has set a wrong precedent. “I would have no problem, if he had been appointed to an honorary post. Next time, people will negotiate to vote to get a paid position after the election.”

Bhutia also said that the AIFF’s decision to send the Indian women’s U-17 team to Barcelona will not benefit the players. He said the AIFF should have invited other national teams to play in India before the October 11-30 age-group show to be held in Bhubaneswar, Margao and Navi Mumbai.

AIFF selection: Bhaichung Bhutia threatens legal action after AIFF executive committee rejects his request to discuss Shaji Prabhakaran’s appointment

“The weather in Barcelona is very different from India. The team is playing in Bhubaneswar, a hot and humid place, in the U-17 World Cup, and you send the players to Barcelona, ​​which is a cold place. How will it benefit the Indian team?” asked Bhutia. “The better thing would have been to invite a few national teams to play in India. Doing so would have benefited the Indian team.”

He also said that the executive committee should have given more thought to the preparation of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and the national team’s preparation

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