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Ashique knocks on AIFF doors after FC Pune City non-payment






Mumbai: FC Pune City player Ashique Kuruniyan has written a letter to the All India Football Federation (AIFF), complaining against the non-payment of dues by the Indian Super League (ISL) club, Goal has learnt.

According to a source close to the developments, Ashique is the latest player to approach the Indian FA after Canadian striker Iain Hume did the same earlier this week. The Wadhawan Group-owned team have defaulted in making payments to its staff ever since the club faced financial turmoil over the past season.

However, the Pune outfit’s chairman Dheeraj Wadhawan had written a letter to all the players and support staff reassuring them that all their dues will be cleared in tranches, with the first batch of arrears set to cleared by June 10.


In Iain Hume’s case, both parties came to an amicable solution and the club promised to pay the Canadian’s arrears in two instalments – the first one by 15th June and the final one by 15th July. This was only after a lawyer, representing FC Pune City, attended the meeting of the Player Status Committee of the AIFF which was a result of the governing body taking cognizance of Hume’s letter.

Ashique is an India international with 12 caps and has amassed 26 ISL appearances for Pune City over the course of two seasons. Born in Malappuram, Kerala, the 21-year-old has been with the Pune FC academy since 2014, which was later sold to FC Pune City Academy in 2016.

He also had a spell with Spanish third-division side Villareal ‘C’, on-loan from Pune City in the winter of 2016-17, before making his senior professional debut with his parent club.

Goal has also learnt that the AIFF are yet to send any sort of communication to Pune City after receiving Ashique’s letter. With the club struggling financially, the management had planned to release its entire senior squad before the Super Cup but made a U-turn.

They finished seventh in the league and were knocked out of the Super Cup by I-League champions Chennai City.



Dhoni could be ‘exposed’ by Yuvraj’s dad after World Cup




Mumbai: Father of recently retired former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, Yograj has struck again, and all the signs point toward former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

While the cricketer is busy preparing for India’s next clash against Pakistan on Sunday after rain played spoilsport on the much-hyped India-New Zealand clash, a recent video of Yograj has surfaced where he speaks about an ‘un-named’ player who is responsible for the ‘dirty politics’ in the Indian cricket team.

Yograj further goes on to state that this player is the reason that many players like Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, and his own son Yuvraj Singh were not included in the Indian team at crucial points in time.


While Yograj didn’t reveal much about the player he talks about, he did mention that he’d make the complete revelations after the currently ongoing 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Based on earlier allegations by Yograj, who was also a former pace bowler, towards then Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, It seems pretty evident that he is speaking of ‘Captain Cool’.

“I don’t want to take his name but he has been playing these dirty politics from the last 15 years. He has made lives difficult for Indian cricketers. I will make this revelation after the World Cup gets over. He will remember this for life that someone said something about him,” said Yograj.

“I don’t want to speak about him at this point in time because I don’t want the team to get affected during the World Cup,” he added.

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FIFA Rankings: India unmoved at 101




London: The Indian national team remain unmoved in the June 2019 edition of the FIFA Rankings released.

Following India’s exit from the 2019 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Asian Cup, India have had a change in coach with Igor Stimac replacing Stephen Constantine.

Under Stimac, India recently participated in the King’s Cup 2019 in Thailand where a 3-1 defeat against Curacao (79) was backed by a 1-0 win over hosts Thailand (116) in the third-place play-off.


GFX India FIFA Rankings June 2019

The Blue Tigers are set to face Tajikistan (120), DPR Korea (122) and Syria (85) in the upcoming Intercontinental Cup 2019 next. India enter the tournament as defending champions.

Meanwhile, in the global standings, Belgium continue to lead at the top having bettered their advantage over second-placed France who also stay put in their position, the same as Brazil and England at third and fourth spots respectively.

2019 UEFA Nations League champions Portugal have displaced Croatia to stand fifth while Spain (7) has gained two places. Germany (11 – tied with Argentina), Italy and Netherlands (both at 14) have also moved two places up.

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Coutinho brace helps Brazil forget Neymar in winning Copa start




Sao Paulo: A brace from Philippe Coutinho handed hosts Brazil a winning start to the Copa America in a 3-0 victory over Bolivia as the absence of superstar Neymar was quickly forgotten.

Barcelona’s Coutinho scored from the penalty spot early in the second half and added a close-range header three minutes later.

Substitute Everton netted a sensational third five minutes from time to clinch a Group A victory for coach Tite’s tournament favorites in Sao Paul.


The build-up to the competition had been dominated by Neymar’s woes, firstly when he was accused of rape by a Brazilian model, and then when he damaged ankle ligaments in a friendly last week, forcing him out of the Copa.

If Brazil’s first-half performance was anything to go by, the Paris Saint-Germain star was sorely missed, but Coutinho’s brace at least silenced the jeers that met the team at half-time.

“Whistles are part of the game, the fans want us to win and play well, so that’s why they jeer,” said the match-winner, whose goals papered over the cracks of an at times disjointed performance.

“We always want their support but we’re focused on the objective, which is the match,” Coutinho told Brazil’s SportTV.

“Whistles or cheers, the important thing is to stay focused and get the win.” Brazil made a bright start and predictably dominated the early possession and chances
But surprisingly their greatest threat came from set-pieces with Coutinho’s corner delivery causing panic in the Bolivian backline.

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