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V P Sathyan commits suicide

July 18, 2006 16:20 IST
Last Updated: July 18, 2006 17:42 IST

Former India football captain V P Sathyan committed suicide by jumping in front of a train in Chennai on Tuesday morning. He was 41. He is survived by his wife and a 10-year-old daughter.

A full-back, Sathyan donned the India colours for 15 years from 1980. He also played for Mohammedan Sporting and Mohun Bagan.

He was Indian Bank coach from 1996 and responsible for the team getting promoted to National Football League.

Later, he was also the assistant to former national coach Stephen Constantine, in 1996.

Police recovered a suicide note written in English from his pocket, in which, addressing his wife, he said he was vexed in life as he had lost his wealth and was habituated to drinking and gambling.

He also said he had lot of respect and admiration in society so long as he represented India.

''I don't want to live in this world any more," Sathyan said in the note.

He also said, ''I wanted to see you for the last time. But if I had done so, I would have changed my decision to end my life. So forgive me. I am leaving this world. The decision is entirely mine.''

Sathyan, who originally hails from Kerala and was employed as Superintendent of Police before resigning, threw himself under the Madras Beach to Tambaram suburban train at the suburban Pallavaram railway station.

Police moved Sathyan's body to government hospital in the nearby suburb Chrompet for post-mortem.

Sathyan was employed with Indian Bank as Assistant Manager. He was also coach of the bank's football team.

When contacted, All India Football Federation secretary Alberto Colaco said, ''We are shocked to hear about the extreme step taken by Sathyan.''

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Sub: I was shocked

I was a very sad news about the was of V. P. Sathyan's demiss, I think AIFF is responsible for it. Priyaranjan Das Munshi should ...

Posted by Prithviraj Bhaumik

Sub: Sad but What a coward!!!

I am sad for his family. This is not the way a good contributor to indian sports's life must end. It is indeed sad to ...

Posted by Badrinath.V.S

Sub: This is shocking

V P Sathyan\\\'s death is a tragedy. He was one of the best defenders India has produced. He was well built and used to win ...

Posted by Premjith P

Sub: Suicide is the bane of Malayalis

Kerala tops the suicide rate in India. And the reasons are so trivial at times. It's mostly due to comparison with the neighbours. One guy ...

Posted by R K Iyer

Sub: Its a loss to the Indian / Kerala football

It was a great team when Sathyan, IM Vijayan, Pappachan, Sheraf ali, Chacko.... all were playing for Kerala / Kerala Police team. And their name ...

Posted by Harish G Nair



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