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AIFF hands Minerva's match-fixing complaint to CBI

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The (AIFF) has referred to the (CBI), the complaint made by FC that their players were approached for match-fixing during the just-concluded

The newly-crowned champions on two occasions -- one in January and the other earlier this month -- had alleged match-fixing approaches.

"Regarding the first approach relating to the alleged phone calls made to the Minerva players and the support staff, we have handed the information and the details to the CBI," AIFF said at the draws ceremony for the Super Cup football tournament here.

"The second one which we made it public just a day before the title deciding matches a few days back, out is looking into the matter for further course of action," he added.

In the first case which came to light in January, owner Ranjit said that an Indian and a of his team were offered bribes of up to Rs 30 lakh each in an alleged match-fixing attempt. He tweeted that some match officials were also approached.

had said that his club reported the issue to AIFF and also apprised of the


Later, again wrote on that five more players from his club were asked to fix matches in the I-League, taking the numbers to seven.

The AIFF issued a release on March 7 about Minerva writing another letter to it informing about an approach to their players and officials from other participating teams in the

Asked if the AIFF's restructuring plan to have three tiers of the domestic league system will be implemented next year, Das said, "We are waiting for inputs from the AFC and based on that we will take a decision. We will have an meeting," he said.

"We are very clear that the model will have to be sustainable and make sense. We don't want to rush in and later find that it not workable. In the next two or three months, we should be able to come up with a plan."

Das said that the Supreme Court-appointed S Y Qureshi is expected to submit his report on the formulation of the AIFF Constitution after the election of as in late 2016 was set aside by the for not following the National Code.

"He (Qureshi) is comparing the AIFF Constitution with the Code and he will submit a report to the

Das also said that the will take a decision soon on the complaints made by some Minerva players on alleged breach of contract by the club management.

Das also said that some players will be added to the current Indian Arrows side, playing in the I-League, next season.

"Our Under-16 team will be playing in the AFC U-16 Championships in September. Some of the U-16 players from this team will be added to Indian Arrows while some U-19 players from the current (Indian Arrows) side which played in the I-League will be released," said Das.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 20:45 IST
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