Bhaichung Bhutia denies he was removed as AIFF advisor, says his tenure was till December

Kolkata: Indian football icon Bhaichung Bhutia on Sunday revealed that his tenure as the advisor of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) got over at their annual general meeting in December last year.

File photo of Baiching Bhutia. AFP

File photo of Baiching Bhutia. AFP

Rubbishing reports that he was removed after falling out with AIFF, Bhutia told PTI: "I don't know about being removed. My tenure got over at their last AGM. The advisor's tenure lasts till the AGM. A new committee will now be formed to appoint the new advisor."

There were reports that Bhutia had fallen out with AIFF after Colm Toal was not made the India Under-17 coach as the governing body roped in Portuguese Luis Norton de Matos to do the job.

The former India captain was appointed advisor to AIFF and its president Praful Patel in October 2015 for overall issues of the game keeping the U-17 World Cup in mind. He was instrumental in bringing India coach Stephen Constantine back and also extending his contract till February 2018.


Published Date: Mar 05, 2017 06:31 pm | Updated Date: Mar 05, 2017 06:31 pm