Wednesday, November 29, 2023

AIFF revokes ban, Jamshedpur FC’s Gaurav Mukhi to put on football boots again

Jamshedpur, Sep 9: Gaurav Mukhi, who while playing for Indian Super League (ISL) side Jamshedpur FC was banned for six months for age-fraud, has been cleared to take the field after the footballer provided the All Indian Football Federation (AIFF) with his correct birth certificate.

The AIFF Disciplinary Committee had suspended Mukhi in November last year but upon submission of correct documents, the ban was lifted according to a source in the know of the developments.

“He was banned for age fraud, but he is clear to play after he submitted original documents to the AIFF. The Federation had banned him for 6 months and had asked him to submit correct documents for CRS (Central Registration System). He accepted the verdict and on completion of the ban, AIFF looked at his original documents and gave him clearance to participate in official events,” the source said.
All India Football Federation (AIFF) disciplinary committee had suspended Gourav Mukhi for 6 months effective November, 24, 2018.

Mukhi scored a goal against Bengaluru FC on October 7 last year and went on to be named as the ‘Indian Super League’s youngest-ever goal-scorer’. But it then came to light that the 16-year-old was over aged.

Talking to The Avenue Mail over phone, Jamshedpur FC CEO Mukul Choudhari said, “We received a letter from AIFF this morning stating about the revocation of ban on Gaurav Mukhi. He will be joining the Jamshedpur FC Reserve team and it will be upto the coaches and his performance that will decide his inclusion in the main team as he has been out for the last six months.�

“The team management is happy and we will be elated when he joins the main team for the ISL”, added   Choudhari.

Gourav Mukhi�s age factor came up in October 2018 when the Jamshedpur lad played a brilliant match against Bengaluru FC and scored his first Indian Super League (ISL) goal that helped Jamshedpur FC play a 2-2 draw. This match earned him the tag of the youngest to score an ISL goal.

According to the passport, Gourav Mukhi�s birth date is 2002 but in the year 2015 it was mentioned that his date of birth was 1999. During the National Championship in 2015 when Gourav�s age anomaly came to light, AIFF suspended the Jharkhand coach for a year and put a fine of Rs 1 lakh on Jharkhand Football Federation.
Gourav Mukhi is a resident of Dhatkidih area of the Steel City. With this decision of AIFF the Jamshedpur lad will be hoping for a turnaround and play for his club and hometown during ISL 6. 

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