AIFF in damage control mode over Houghton’s remarks

June 20th, 2009 - 12:53 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) The All India Football Federation (AIFF) Friday distanced itself from chief coach Bob Houghton’s comments on Sports Minister M.S. Gill.
“The AIFF regrets any misunderstanding that may have arisen by the statement made by the national team coach, Bob Houghton. The views expressed by Houghton are his personal opinion,” the AIFF said in a statement.

During a media interaction at the AIFF headquarters Thursday, Houghton had blamed the government for not showing enough interest in developing the sport.

“Couple of months back, I heard a comment from the sports minister that the national team can even lose to an Australian school team. But I want to ask him why can’t he prepare the facilities for us?” Houghton had said.

The AIFF said it acknowledges the support it is getting from Gill after he became the sports minister.

“AIFF requires support from all quarters in their endeavour to field a strong and well prepared team in the 2011 Asian Cup,” it said.

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