Robinson in full form on football pitch

An ardent football fan, Marc says the standard of football could be improved in India, writes Gordon D?Costa.

india Updated: Oct 22, 2006 16:01 IST

Bollywood actor and model Marc Robinson was seen in a different avatar at the Supari Talao ground at Bandra on Saturday. The model was in the thick of action, playing the role of a striker for football club Celtic Athletic in the Bandra West Football Association (BWFA) League. The star struck a goal to helped Celtic overcome Silver Stars 4-3 in a Super League match.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, he said: “It felt great to be playing football again after a very long gap.”

“Due to my busy modelling schedules, I stopped playing the sport. But since the past two years I have been playing actively whenever I get the time since it helps me stay fit,” he revealed. “I’ve played good competitive football at the top level in Delhi. I used to captain the Goans’ Sports Club in the Super League,” he said.

“I played football and hockey from an early age and represented my school and college. I had been appointed skipper of the Delhi University team and also picked for the Combined University sides,” said Robinson.

“I got admission in college on the basis of the sports quota,” he revealed. When asked why he did not pursue football as a career, he said if he had been living abroad he would definitely have taken up football. “In India, the infrastructure is poor and there are not too many good grounds.”

“Several times I talked to government officials to create proper football grounds, but nothing seems to happen,” said Robinson, an ardent fan of Manchester United.

Robinson was of the opinion that the standard of football could be improved in the country. “There’s plenty of talent, but the big industrialists and corporates have to get involved to lift the sport,” he said.

“Business magnate Vijay Mallya has been promoting the Kolkata clubs, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. Like him another 50 more industrialists have to come forward.”

First Published: Oct 22, 2006 16:01 IST