AIFF issues statement after Gourav Mukhi gets embroiled in age fraud controversy

first_imgJamshedpur FC player Gourav Muhki has been a part of a major controversy since the past couple of days after he scored a goal for his club against Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League 2018-19 and was announced as the youngest ever ISL goalscorer.Soon, the social media went abuzz with how the footballer did not look like a 16-year-old at all and then his name emerged as one of those Jharkhand footballers who were found to be underage during the U-15 national championships in 2015.Back in 2015, one of the biggest scams in domestic football emerged after Jharkhand thrashed Goa 8-3 to win the national title, where Gourav had scored a hat-trick. But Jharkhand were stripped of the title after it was found that five of the seven players who were picked as the U-17 World Cup team prospects were overage.At that time, reports had mentioned Gourav as one of the overage players, which meant he was at least 16 years old then. Three years later, he was introduced as a 16-year-old in the ISL.83′ It took Gourav 10 minutes to go from being the youngest ever player to becoming the youngest ever goal scorer in the history of the #HeroISL! What a way to make your debutBEN 1-1 JAM#LetsFootball #BENJAM #FanBannaPadegaIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 7, 2018With the matter gaining heat, AIFF released a statement where they mentioned two different age declarations by Gourav and that the matter “will be referred to the relevant committee”.”Jamshedpur FC player Gourav Mukhi who had earlier given a declaration that his DOB was 04/05/1999 has now submitted documents to the CRS system referring that his DOB is 04/05/2002.advertisement”The Centralised Registration System (CRS) which registers in-detailed information of every single player for AIFF was not implemented for the National Championships and the State Associations in 2015, but later.Also read – Indian Super League: Cidoncha’s last gasp strike denies Bengaluru win over Jamshedpur”The discrepancy in the DOBs will be referred to the relevant committee for further appropriate action,” AIFF said in a statement.Last year in the ISL, a couple of banners were also raised in order to bring awareness about age fraud and how deeply it sits in Indian football. The banners said – “Stay Your Age” and “Don’t Age Cheat”.In the @IndSuperLeague final, two banners raising awareness over age fraud, an epidemic in Indian football.Stay Your AgeDon’t Age CheatFollow the campaign: Sharma (@Akarsh_Official) March 21, 2018Gourav came as a substitute for Jamshedpur at the Kanteevara Stadium on Sunday during their match against Bengaluru FC. With Bengaluru leading 1-0 courtesy a brilliant strike from Nishu Kumar, Gourav scored the equaliser as Jamshedpur restored parity.Beating the defender with pace. Adjusting himself to take a shot. Slotting the ball past a hapless @GurpreetGK. Cartwheeling in celebration.A goal and a moment to remember for the local lad! #JamKeKhelo FC (@JamshedpurFC) October 8, 2018The match ended at 2-2 with Sunil Chhetri and Sergio Cidoncha scoring two goals.Jamshedpur FC is yet to respond age fraud dispute regarding Gourav Mukhi.last_img

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