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All India Football Federation rubbishes team revolt against Stephen Constantine

Praful Patel, the president of the All India Football Federation has brushed aside reports of problems between a few senior players and the coach Stephen Constantine.

football Updated: Mar 27, 2018 23:36 IST
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All India Football Federation,India national football team,Praful Patel
The Indian football team has been besieged by reports of a rift between the senior players and their coach Stephen Constantine. (PTI)

All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel brushed aside reports that a few senior players were at loggerheads with national team coach Stephen Constantine.

Patel was asked if he would step in to find a solution to the reported problems between the coach and players.

The AIFF boss had earlier acted upon complaints by the India U-17 team against former coach Nicolai Adam before Portuguese Luis Norton de Matos was appointed.

“What you are talking, is very hypothetical. Until and unless I hear something, I cannot go by some murmur in the media. I have to be told concretely by somebody that there is a problem. If the problem is not conveyed to us in the right way, I am not going to go on a fish-hunting expedition,” Patel said.

Adam was removed as head coach of the India U-17 team with less than a year to go for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

Recalling that episode, Patel said, “The U-17 situation was completely extraordinary. The entire team spoke in one voice. I cannot, as AIFF President, be a spectator. I cannot have an unhappy team playing a competition which was extremely important for the county.

On the sidelines of an event, Patel added, “There was no interference. It was only at their request that we stepped in. When they spoke in unison in one voice, we had to listen. They sought an appointment and since we had very less time, we had to take an extraordinary step. That situation rested there.”

First Published: Mar 27, 2018 22:15 IST