In our country, football is played more often outside the field than on it. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) bosses have, once again, been caught on the wrong foot. They are busy shoulder-pushing each other in a game of oneumpanship. Instead of doing what is expected of them - breathing life into the sport.
Knives are out over certain allegations made by the feisty honorary secretary of Indian Football Association, Ranjit Gupta, against the aiff. The man in the dock: aiff president Priyaranjan Das Munshi.
Guptas tirade against the aiff is punctuated with hard facts. In a letter dated February 3, 2000, written to aiff honorary secretary K. . Mour, Gupta asks why the federation had been unable to finalise the accounts for 1996-97?In 1996-97 internal audits had detected Rs 2.5 crore irregularities.
Besides, Gupta detected other problems: