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Pune FC not to release players for UK, WI tours

It looks like the Caribbean tour and the friendly against Pakistan may be cursed given the constant tussle between the clubs and the All-India Football Federation. HT reports.

sports Updated: Aug 09, 2011 23:14 IST
HT Correspondent

It looks like the Caribbean tour and the friendly against Pakistan may be cursed given the constant tussle between the clubs and the All-India Football Federation (AIFF).

After assenting to the apex body’s request of releasing the players on Monday, Pune FC stated that it would not allow goalkeeper Subrata Pal and striker Jeje Lalpekhlua to participate in the matches that served little purpose for the national team.

“We are not going to release Subrata and Jeje. Both the tours will have no bearing on India's points (in the ranking system) and seriously hampers the club's pre-season preparations,” Chirag Tanna, Pune FC's Head of Operations, stated in a press release.

India are scheduled to play Pakistan on September 26 in England and while the friendlies in the Caribbean are slated for August 17, 21 and 24.

AIFF general-secretary Kushal Das told HT, “As per the last agreement today, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan have agreed to release their players. Dempo, too, have agreed but that’s provided the Kolkata clubs send their players. We hope better sense prevails with Pune FC.”

I-League winners Salgaocar have agreed to release Karanjit Singh and Rocus Lamare.