AIFF suspends senior executive committee member Deepak Sharma in physical assault case | Football News


Panaji: The All India Football Federation ,AIFF) has suspended its senior executive committee member Deepak Sharma “until further notice”, following his arrest in connection with the alleged physical assault of two female football players. Compost FC,
The AIFF had initially directed Sharma to withdraw and refrain from participating in all football-related activities pending the conclusion of the three-member committee's report. However, the committee did not have the power to recommend any sanctions, so the federation has now referred the matter to its disciplinary committee.
Late on Monday night, Sharma appeared before state union representatives during an online meeting and said the police case was a conspiracy to defame him.
“I've been there soccer For so long, and such allegations have never been made against me. This is a conspiracy. I have two daughters and I can't even think of doing something like this,'' he told members.
Sharma's presence at the state associations meeting, where he was discussing the physical harassment of two female footballers in Goa, angered some members. At least two of them expressed their displeasure before the Himachal Pradesh official was asked to leave.
AIFF officials said that Sharma was present only to explain his side on what happened in Goa, so that the members could get a better idea and then they could decide for themselves.
On Tuesday, AIFF suspended Sharma.
“The AIFF is committed to promoting women's football in a safe and enabling environment and will take all necessary steps to ensure this,” AIFF President Kalyan Choubey said after the executive committee meeting on Tuesday.
“The incident that took place in Goa during IWL 2 should not be blown out of proportion to undermine AIFF's developmental efforts in women's football. The matter has now been referred to the disciplinary committee and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.”
Sharma was arrested by the Goa Police on Saturday for physically assaulting two female footballers of Himachal Pradesh-based team Khad, which he owns.
According to sources, for IWL 2, 13 players were from Himachal Pradesh while the rest came from Lovely Professional University in Amritsar and an academy in Pune.
It is noteworthy that the participation fee of Rs 50,000 was paid by another Himachal-registered club. Himachal also did not have the HWL Senior Division Women's Championship for 2023 and instead considered the runner-up division in 2022.

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