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AIFF suspends Paul

December 08, 2004 14:15 IST

The All India Football Federation (AIFF)suspended Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Subrata Paul after the tragic death of Dempo striker Cristiano Junior, while the young custodian claimed innocence saying he had no intention to hurt the Brazilian.

In a faxed message to the Indian Football Association, the AIFF said it has suspended Paul with immediate effect from yesterday, IFA secretary Subrata Dutta said on Wednesday.

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The AIFF has also asked the player to explain his on-field behaviour during the December 5 final of the Federation Cup before December 20.

Stating that IFA has already forwarded the letter to Paul's club, Dutta said, "AIFF's disciplinary committee will hold a meeting after getting Paul's explanation alongwith the reports of the referee and the match commissioner. Then a decision will be taken on the matter."

Meanwhile, Paul who returned to Kolkata along with his teammates late last night, claimed innocence saying: "I never intended to hurt him, but only went for the ball."

"I'm also feeling terribly shocked after his death," he said but questioned the logic behind his suspension.

"What crime have I committed so as to face such punishment?"

His club, however, asked the Federation to clarify the reason of imposing the suspension on the player, pointing out that Paul was never booked or warned by the referee S M Balu during the match in Bangalore.

"We will send AIFF's letter to the goalkeeper, but only after receiving the Federation's reply to our query," Bagan assistant secretary Balaram Chowdhury said.

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Sub: Suspension of Paul

The ban slapped on Subroto Paul should be because of the challenge only and not for the tragic death of Junior. Surely he didn't want ...

Posted by Ayan Bhattacharya

Sub: Junior's death

The responsibility of Juniors death lies on the authorities. Why wasn't there any doctor on the field. There was only a physiotherapist. Why wasn't he ...

Posted by Ayan Bhattacharya

Sub: Justice

To the Editor: Sir, Hats off to AIFF justice - they are in the process of ending the career of a young goalkeeper who was ...

Posted by Saurav Chaudhuri

Sub: AIFF looks for a scapegoat

This is ridiculous, have you heard of something like this: You are not cautioned/yellow-red carded by the ref. Yet the governing body suspends you. This ...

Posted by Subhajyoti

Sub: foot ballers death

the goal keeper is innnocent it is an acciedent it can happen between father and son also that doesn't mean it is intentional come on ...

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