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With recurring injury, Bhutia may call it a day

sports Updated: Aug 19, 2011 00:04 IST
Agencies/HT Correspondent
Agencies/HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Bhaichung Bhutia

Frustrated with a recurring calf muscle injury, veteran India striker Bhaichung Bhutia will take a call on whether to extend his international career or hang up his boots in the next couple of days.

The injury threatens to delay his bid to make a comeback to the national team for the three-match tour of England next month. "I am working hard but I will know in the next 2-3 days," he said when asked about the England tour and his future. Bhutia had recovered but suffered the injury while practising for his club Sikkim United.

Even if he makes the trip to the UK, Bhutia said he will return after playing in the first match, against Pakistan on September 3, as he wants to make himself available for Sikkim United, who will be competing in the Federation Cup qualifiers in the second week.

powerhouses in group c of fed cup

New Delhi: Defending champions East Bengal have been clubbed in Group C along with Dempo, Pune FC and one of the four teams which will make it to the main round from the qualifiers and they will play all their group matches in Kolkata.

The tournament will kick off their campaign against a qualifier while I-League champions Salgaocar take on Mumbai FC on the inaugural day of the Federation Cup football tournament, which begins on September 17 in Kolkata and Pune.

Curb on salary spend from next season

Kolkata: I-League clubs won’t be allowed to spend the entire budget on players’ salaries anymore. Provisions will also have to be made for fans, community development, youth development and infrastructure.

According to a directive from the Asian Football Confederation, whose officials were present in New Delhi on Thursday to meet clubs’ representatives, the cap on salary spend will start from the 2012-13 season.

According to an official of an I-League club, who attended the meeting, clubs will be allowed to spend 75 % of their budget on players’ payments in 2012-13. The amount will be decreased to 70 % in 2013-14 and to 65 % in 2014-15, the official said.

The rest will have to be spent on administrative staff (at least 10 %) and on building infrastructure, expanding fan bases and on youth development.