Churchill lambasts AIFF decision

Reigning I-League champions Churchill Brothers on Saturday lashed out at the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for failing to pay them the full winners’ prize money besides clearing other dues, a day after the AIFF directed the club to pay salaries to two of its players.

“The failure of the AIFF to govern Indian football comes to the fore when Churchill Brothers have not been paid the full complement of the 2012-13 winners prize money of Rs 70 lakhs, with only 30 lakhs been delivered to the club till date even after at least 60 reminders to the CEO of the I-League,” club CEO, Valanka Alemao, said in a statement.

The AIFF’s players’ status committee on Friday asked Mohun Bagan and Churchill Brothers to clear the dues of all the players whose salaries the two clubs are yet to pay by Dec 31.

Valanka further stated: “The AIFF also owe us Rs 20 lakh as promised for fielding an under-20 side from the 2008-09 season and also another 10 lakhs from the 2010-11 season subsidies. The AIFF have not shown the least courtesy of letting us know when the amount will be cleared.” Valanka also assured that the players’ dues would be cleared at the earliest.

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