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Money For Kicks

Indian football now also has its own scam, thanks to AIFF that thrives at soccer's cost

Money For Kicks
Money For Kicks
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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.

Gupta’s 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:

  • Despite the presence of authorised aiff signatories and proper cheque books, large amounts of money were withdrawn by Das Munshi, by letters addressed to the bankers.
  • Between March and December 1999, Rs...
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