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Bhaichung prepares for legal battle

India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia who was suspended by Mohun Bagan club for six months, has started exploring legal options with his lawyer Usha Nath Banerjee on Tuesday asserting that the footballer was no longer a registered player with the Kolkata club.

sports Updated: Jun 09, 2009 19:42 IST

India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia who was on Monday suspended by Mohun Bagan club for six months, has started exploring legal options with his lawyer Usha Nath Banerjee on Tuesday asserting that the footballer was no longer a registered player with the Kolkata club.

Stating that the football season was over and Bhutia was no longer a registered Bagan player, Banerjee said that he would be a "free footballer" till he registers himself again with the Indian Football Association (IFA) for 2009-10 season.

"Bhutia has a contract with Mohun Bagan till 2010. But his contract does not become operative until he registers himself with IFA," Banerjee told reporters in Kolkata.

"Bhaichung has personally requested me to represent him. So I'm here for my client. However, I will not disclose our next move which you will come to know shortly," Banerjee said.

However, Mohun Bagan general secretary Anjan Mitra said their decision to suspend Bhutia is completely in accordance with the rule.

"Our decision is very much within the framework of the rulebook. Who says the season is over? It will get over on June 25 after which also he will be a contracted Mohun Bagan player. He is not a free player," Mitra said.

"I don't want to spoil his career. His lawyer is creating confusion and giving wrong advice," he added.