Virat Kohli’s association with the Premier Futsal League has not gone down too well with the AIFF President Praful Patel. A few days ago, star India batsman Virat Kohli joined the recently-announced Premier Futsal football league as its brand ambassador.
The batting sensation is the co-owner of ISL side FC Goa. Patel took to twitter to say that any person associated with ISC cannot do the same for any other league according to rules. Patel’s tweet read: “Any brand Ambassador of an ISL franchise cannot do the same for a league not recognised by
#AIFF or #FIFA”
— Praful Patel (@praful_patel) June 18, 2016
The comment came after the AIFF made it clear that it is contemplating the idea of taking “legal action” against the organisers of Premier Futsal League, headed by legendary Portuguese footballer Luis Figo, and said it is planning to come up with a similar event of its own.
“This is to bring to your notice that AIFF is not involved with the proposed Premier Futsal League, the news of launch of which has been making rounds in media in the recent past. The competition is neither sanctioned by AIFF nor is organised under the aegis of the AIFF.”
“Further, the organising body – Futsal Association of India (FAI) is not a member or affiliated in any way with the AIFF, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) or FIFA ,” an AIFF release stated few days ago.
The AIFF is the governing body for all forms of football, including futsal, in India and we will be announcing our plans, in relation to futsal, in due course,” read a letter from AIFF general secretary Kushal Das to state associations earlier.