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

KOLKATA: Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia said on Monday he could explore legal options after the Indian Football Federation (AIFF) rejected his request to discuss the appointment of the Shaji Prabhakaran as general secretary at the executive committee meeting here.
Prabhakaran, who was in the electoral college as a representative of Football Delhi, was appointed AIFF General Secretary a day after the former Indian goalkeeper. Kalyan Chaubey beat Bhutia 33-1 in the polls for president on September 2.
Bhutia had alleged that the appointment of a voter to a salaried position in the federation had an element of “negotiation”. He had asked the AIFF to put Prabhakaran’s appointment on the agenda of the executive committee meeting held here on Monday.
“I attended the AIFF Executive Committee meeting today but my request to discuss Shaji’s appointment as General Secretary was rejected. I raised the issue but they said that ‘they would only focus on the agenda and there would be no discussion on this issue,’ Bhutia told PTI.
“I am very disappointed. I made the request two or three days in advance but it was not on the agenda for the meeting.”
When asked if he would take legal action over the matter, Bhutia said, “It’s an option I will keep. I will consult with my people and decide how to proceed in the future.”
Bhutia, 45, a star of Indian football until his retirement in 2011, has reiterated his claims of a possible ‘bargaining’ over the appointment of Prabhakaran, a former FIFA Regional Development Manager for South and Central Asia, as Secretary General of AIFF.
“He (Prabhakaran) was a voter in the AIFF elections, an election agent for (Kalyan) Chaubey and a chairman of an association (Football Delhi). Appointing him to a salaried position has set a false precedent.
“I would have no problem if he had been appointed to an honorary position. Next time people will negotiate to vote for a salaried position after the election.”
Bhutia also said that AIFF’s decision to send India’s U-17 women’s team to Barcelona will not benefit the players. He said the AIFF should have invited other national teams to play in India ahead of the age group showpiece from October 11-30, which will be held in Bhubaneswar, Margao and Navi Mumbai.
“Barcelona’s climate is very different from India’s. The team plays 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 this benefit the Indian team? Bhutia asked.
“The best thing would have been to invite a few national teams to play in India. It would have benefited the Indian team.”
He also said that the executive committee should have deliberated more on the preparation for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and the preparation of the national team.

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