Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Player takes Indian club to FIFA for 'withheld' fees

Togolese footballer Glay Yao Rodrigue has complained to the world football body, FIFA, that his former Indian club, Mohun Bagan, is yet to pay his dues. Sources quoted by Press Trust of India said Rodrigue alleged in a three-page missive that the club had forcibly got his signature on some papers, which wrongfully said that he had sought release from the club. (Pictured: Mohun Bagan captain Mehtab Hussain makes a point to Rodrigue).

Rodrigu claimed he had only wanted a short leave to celebrate Christmas at home and bring his wife and son to India. Soon after, Mohun Bagan released him without clearing his dues, Rodrigue alleged. His letter to FIFA was also sent to the Asian Football Confederation and All Indian Football Association.

Denying the accusations, Mohun Bagan general secretary Anjan Mitra claimed that the club has paid the player all his dues. "If FIFA writes to us, we will furnish all the documents," he said.

According to PTI, Mohun Bagan caught the ire of FIFA once before when several of their foreign recruits, George Ekeh, Essah Musah Erojie, Yajubu and Abdullatif Seriki, filed complaints with FIFA for 'non-payment of dues'.

FIFA then imposed a ban on the club recruiting foreigners and Mohun Bagan was forced to pay up Rs 1,500,000 as payment of arrears to the foreigners and also give a written undertaking that such things would not be repeated.

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