Bhaichung Bhutia says legal action ‘option’ after AIFF ExCo turns down his request to discuss Shaji Prabhakaran’s appointment | Football news


Kolkata: Former Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia Monday said it may then explore legal options All India Football Federation (AIFF) rejected his request for a discussion on the appointment of Shaji Prabhakaran as General Secretary during the Executive Committee meeting here.
Prabhakaran, who was in the electoral college as a representative of Football Delhi, was made the AIFF General Secretary a day after the former India goalkeeper. Kalyan Chaubey Bhutia was defeated 33-1 in the presidential election on 2 September.
Bhutia alleged that appointing an elector to a salaried post in the federation was an element of “bargaining”. He requested the AIFF to include Prabhakaran’s appointment in the agenda of the executive committee meeting held here on Monday.
“I attended the AIFF’s executive committee meeting today but my request to discuss Shaji’s appointment as secretary general was turned down. I raised the issue, but they said they would only focus on the agenda and no discussion on the issue. Won’t happen,” Bhutia told PTI.
“I am very disappointed. I made a request two-three days ago but it was not included in the agenda of the meeting.”
Asked whether he would take legal recourse in the matter, Bhutia said, “That is an option I will keep. I will consult with my people and decide on future course of action.”
Bhutia, 45, the poster boy of Indian football until his retirement in 2011, reiterated his allegations of possible “deal-making” in the appointment of Prabhakaran, the former FIFA Regional Development Officer For South and Central Asia, as AIFF Secretary General.
“He (Prabhakaran) was a voter in AIFF elections, (Kalyan) Choubey’s election agent and president of an association (Football Delhi). Appointing him to a salaried post has set a wrong precedent.
“I wouldn’t have had a problem if he had been appointed to an honorary post. Next time, people will bargain to vote for a salaried post after the election.”
Bhutia also said that the AIFF’s decision to send the Indian women’s under-17 team to Barcelona will not benefit the players. He said the AIFF should invite other national teams to play in India ahead of the October 11-30 age-group showpiece to be held in Bhubaneswar, Margo and Navi Mumbai.
“The weather in Barcelona is very different from India. The team is playing in the U-17 World Cup in Bhubaneswar, a hot and humid place and you are sending players to Barcelona which is a cold place. How will that benefit the Indian team?” Bhutia asked.
“It would have been better if some national teams were invited to play in India. Doing so would have benefited the Indian team.”
He also said that the executive committee should have discussed more on the preparation of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and the preparation of the national team.

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