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AIFF wants review of Mohun Bagan’s decision on Super Cup no-show

Jaydeep Basu

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Mohun Bagan were among seven I-League clubs to pull out of the Super Cup. Photos: Google and www.supercup.in

The AIFF has moved to its appeal committee against a decision of its disciplinary committee to exempt Mohun Bagan from punishment for not playing the Super Cup

New Delhi: India’s law minister has recently been quoted as saying that the judiciary should stop treating the law ministry like a “post office”. It did create some discomfort at certain levels, but the idea seems to have hit the All India Football Federation (AIFF) well.

According to sources, the federation has decided to move to its own appeal committee against a decision of its disciplinary committee to leave out Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan while slapping fines on six other outfits for not playing the Super Cup in March-April.

Both the committees are part of several sub-committees of the federation, constituted in December 2016 as per the AIFF’s constitution. The committees are packed and headed by prominent and well-known lawyers.

“It may be unprecendented but true,” confirmed a senior official of the federation. “The parent body does not fully agree with the decision of the disciplinary committee. Like others, it too holds the right to approach the appeal committee. The date of conveying the appeal committee will soon be finalised,” he said.

It is now to be seen what the disciplinary committee, headed by advocate UN Banerjee, had to say on Mohun Bagan’s non-participation in Super Cup, a tournament virtually run and controlled by federation’s all-powerful marketing partners.

While imposing a fine of Rs. 10 lakh each on Aizawl FC, Minerva FC, Churchill Brothers, Gokulam FC and Neroca FC and Rs. five lakh on East Bengal, the committee said the issue of Mohun Bagan’s “non-participation” should be referred to arbitration since it was in no position to take a decision.

Devoid of I-League clubs, the Super Cup was largely played in front of empty stands.

Mohun Bagan, on their part, pointed out that the club did not “withdraw” from the Super Cup but was prevented by overwhelming circumstances beyond the control to enter the tournament.

The club also said that they did not enter the tournament at all, so the question of withdrawal or playing damages do not arise.

The disciplinary committee, in its report dated May 15, observed: “Therefore the preliminary issue of jurisdiction and authority of the committee, as raised by the club is answered in favour of Mohun Bagan Football Club (India) Private Limited….”

The committee also said: “In the sequitur, the reference to the Disciplinary Committee as mentioned heretofore, is disposed of with the observation that the Disciplinary Committee could not resolve the dispute and the All India Football Federation may refer the entire subject issue to Arbitration….”

It is now bit of a mystery why the AIFF officials decided to approach its appeal committee instead of opting for arbitration as advised by the disciplinary committee.

Sport has transformed into a ‘business’, rather than ‘sport’ – AIFF’s disciplinary committee, in its report related to Mohun Bagan, noted

Sources in the federation said the move was initiated at the insistence of its marketing partners, who were believed to be unhappy with the way the two Kolkata teams were let off by the disciplinary committee.

“Last month, a meeting of the AIFF Emergency Committee was held at the residence of federation president Praful Patel. There the issue of Super Cup withdrawal was discussed and members were briefed about the objections raised by the marketing partners.

“It was informed the marketing partners were clearly upset by the way Super Cup in Bhubaneswar turned out to be a complete flop because of I-League clubs,” the source said.

FC Goa beat Chennaiyin 2-1 in the final to win the 2018-19 Super Cup.

Whatever the AIFF officials have to say, it is definitely yet another attempt by a power lobby within the federation to push the I-league clubs’ back to the wall and reduce the I-League to obscurity.

The disciplinary committee, in its report related to Mohun Bagan, had an important thing to say. It said: “Sport has transformed into a ‘business’, rather than ‘sport’.

“While it is true the financial support is necessary, but the same cannot dominate over sporting necessities. Promotion of sport does not mean destroying the same by asserting commercial rights or interests.”

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Unique Model Academy win big in their Subroto Cup opener

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Action in the Subroto Cup on Wednesday.

New Delhi: Defending Champions Unique Model Academy, Manipur, defeated Ashokenagar Boys Secondary School (H.S.), West Bengal, 4-0 in the Subroto Cup football tournament here on Wednesday.

S Annaroy scored a brace with goals in the 37th and 44th minutes to help his team win the Pool D match.

In another match of the pool, Our Lady Mount Carmel High School, Goa won 2-0 against Air Force School. Our Lady Mount Carmel School scored via Reniel D’ Mello in the 4th Min and Sanford in the 18th minute.

In Pool E, KV Maithon Dam, Ranchi won with the help of goals from Rohit in the 9th min; Aniuet in the 23rd and a brace from Abhilin Kumar in the 36th & 38th min. The score line stood at 4-0 at the end of full-time against Dr YSR Sports School, Andhra Pradesh.

In the second encounter of the pool, it was goals galore as Saidan Secondary School, Mizoram thrashed Tripura Sports School 8-0. Hunmawia scored four goals at the 11th, 18th, 34th & 49th min, F Lalth and B. Romalawma scored a brace each with goals at the 7th & 5th min and 45th & 47th min respectively. Jeremia also chipped in with a goal at the 41st min.

In Pool H, District War Sepngi Christian HSS (DWSC), Meghalaya ended level against Brajbhoomi International School, Gujarat with a score line of 2-2. For DWSC, Shaniahshem – 18th min and Wansmlang – 28th min were the scorers.

Brajbhoomi International School’s goals came from a brace by Rudra Patel in the 36th & 49th min. Major Dhyan Chand Sports College, UP had an easy win against The Sanskaar Valley School, MP as they won by a margin of 6-0. Yash Dwivedi – 08th & 41st min; Suraj Kumar -30th & 39th min and Arjun Yadav – 19th min were the scorers for the team from UP.

In Pool F, NCC NER won by a solitary goal against SAI Kolkata. The goal came from the boot of Raghvender in 44th min. The match ended 1-0 in NCC NER’s favour. In the second match of the pool, Govt. Model High School, Chandigarh defeated MP Sports College, Uttarakhand 3-1.

For Chandigarh, Thongbam Lanchenba scored a brace with goals in the 38th & 40th min. The third goal was added by Thokchom Surjakanta in the 49th min. For Uttarakhand, the only goal was scored by Hemraj in the 22nd min.

In Pool G, It was all level as Govt. Orient HSS Edathanathukara, Kerala played out a 1-1 draw against Betkuchi High School, Assam. Kerala scored through Jangminlal Haokip in the injury time (50+2’ min) whereas, Assam scored with the help of Hari Rabha at the 29th min.

In the second encounter, Mamta Modern Sr. Sec. School, Delhi defeated Sainik School Goalpara, IPSC 2-1 with goals from Abhimanyu – 5th min & Kushagra – 24th min. For Sainik School, Sangeetam Mahanta scored the solitary goal in the 15th min.

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‘Ronaldo paid money to settle sexual assault claim against him’

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Cristiano Ronaldo had been accused by Kathryn Mayorga of sexual assault in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.

Las Vegas: Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyers have revealed for the first time in court documents that the football superstar paid an amount to settle allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in a hotel in 2009.

According to a CNN report, Kathryn Mayorga said Ronaldo paid $375,000 in a settlement and confidentiality agreement after she accused him of sexual assault. current sports news 

Ronaldo’s legal team acknowledged that the Juventus forward paid $375,000 “to maintain the confidentiality of their dispute” in a motion filed on Friday asking to dismiss Mayorga’s lawsuit. current sports news 

Earlier, Mayorga had claimed to have reached an out of court settlement with the star in 2010, and revealed that she had chosen to speak out against Ronaldo after being inspired by the #MeToo movement.

Ronaldo has always maintained that the encounter was consensual.

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Mohun Bagan, East Bengal to stay out of I-League clubs’ alliance against AIFF?

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I-League clubs, led by Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, earlier threatened to move court against the AIFF.

New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has reasons to feel happy. At last. The club alliance formed to “fight” the “injustice” meted out to them by the national body seems to have shrunken further. If the sources are to be believed, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are now reluctant participants in the group. football news

The suspicion was always there though vehemently denied by officials of all six clubs. There was, however, further confirmation on Tuesday evening. The club officials were in the capital to chalk out a strategy on the proposed legal battle against AIFF. football news

Officials of Churchill Brothers, Minerva FC, Gokulam FC and Aizawl FC were present. There was no sign of the two Kolkata clubs. East Bengal claimed they did send a message expressing their inability to attend. Mohun Bagan maintained a golden silence.

The two century old clubs are not ready to talk. For obvious reasons. But there are people in Indian football, who always love to do the taking. Even on behalf of others. According to them, the “firebrand” officials of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are allegedly working overtime to join the franchise league bandwagon. Sooner or later.

Hence the latest attempt to keep a safe distance from the I-League club alliance. football news

“The two Kolkata clubs have met the franchise league officials in Mumbai and Kolkata recently. More than once and separately. Mohun Bagan were first to meet, followed by East Bengal. Then a senior official of the franchise league flew in to Kolkata for some other work. There were more meetings,” confirmed a senior official.

The I-League is in danger of losing its relevance in Indian football.

What exactly transpired in the meetings is not known. But it was something more than exchanging pleasantries. Sources said both clubs made it clear they were not against joining ISL. One of them would love to see it happen immediately. The other is ready to wait, to weigh the pros and cons. The approach is different, but they are looking for the same result.

Not that they receive any definite assurance. But century-old experience has made them learn that patience is a virtue.

Going by the latest development, the AIFF must receive a compliment. At least a left-handed one. In July, when it bowed to the wishes of the franchise league and virtually made I-League a non-entity, it knew it was in no danger. The rebellion will die down soon. The bigger the tradition of a club, the faster it will crawl back!

I-League club officials are not ready to accept their alliance is as fragile as an egg. “We have no reason to believe our unity has been broken. It is intact. We are in regular touch with each other. Just because some people did not turn up for one meeting does not mean they have deserted the group,” claimed one of them.

Well, not many in Indian football is ready to buy the theory. Big brothers have left you in the lurch, they say. With a hearty laugh.

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