Bhaichung to appeal against Mohun Bagan’s suspension notice

June 9th, 2009 - 9:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Gangtok/Kolkata, June 9 (IANS) India’s football captain Bhaichung Bhutia says he is not “tense” over the six-month suspension slapped on him by his Mohun Bagan club and will appeal against it to the Indian Football Association (IFA).
Speaking to IANS from his village in Tinkitan, about 55 kilometers from Gangtok, Bhaichung termed the suspension notice a ploy to retain him at the Kolkata club for another season.

“I have received the notice but I am not at all tense. It is just a ploy to keep me at Mohun Bagan for another season. But I will not play for them any more,” he said.

Bhaichung said that he has few offers and is negotiating with a couple of I-League clubs.

“I have a few options (East Bengal and Dempo). Which ever club suits me the most, I will sign for them,” he said.

Bhaichung’s lawyer Usha Nath Banerjee told reporters in Kolkata that the “suspension order cannot stand the test of legality”.

“Bhaichung will definitely challenge this suspension order before the appropriate forum. It can be the IFA (state body), All India Football Federation (AIFF), FIFA or even in a court of law,” said Banerjee.

Banerjee said that IFA rules state that before suspending the player, disciplinary proceedings have to be initiated against him. The player should also be given a reasonable opportunity to present his side of the case.

“Mohun Bagan’s letter was not even a showcause letter. It was just a letter seeking some clarifications.

“And technically, Bhaichung’s contract for the 2009-10 season with Mohun Bagan has not commenced. For that, Bhaichung has to be registered with the IFA and it hasn’t been done till now. So the contract is still not valid and he is not a Mohun Bagan player now,” Banerjee added.

He also said that Bhaichung had informed the club officails when he skipped the practice sessions in the last season.

“Circumstances indicate that it was Mohun Bagan’s intention to finish off his game and kill football,” he said.

Mohun Bagan Monday suspended Bhaichung for six months, alleging that the striker has given an unsatisfactory reply to the show cause notice slapped on him by the I-League club.

Last month Mohun Bagan issued a show cause notice to Bhaichung after he skipped some practice sessions and an exhibition game to take part in the dance reality show “Jhalak dikhla Ja”. The player was asked to reply within 48 hours.

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