Bagan adamant on Bhutia's suspension

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Mohun Bagan remained adamant on Bhutia's six-month suspension even after talks with the All Indian Football Federation on Monday.

Updated: August 17, 2009 16:09 IST
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New Delhi:

Bhaichung Bhutia's hopes to resolve his problems with Mohun Bagan before Nehru Cup on Monday took a beating as the Club remained adamant on his six-month suspension even after talks with the All Indian Football Federation here on Monday.

India captain Bhutia had pleaded an early solution to the issue, saying he was unable to concentrate on the preparations for the Nehru Cup, beginning August 19.

But Mohan Bagan Secretary Anjan Mitra in his discussion over the issue with AIFF Secretary Alberto Colaco refused to change the decision on the player's six-month suspension without salary which means that the striker will have to wait to join East Bengal.

"He has been suspended for six months and there is no change in the decision. His suspension will continue and I don't want to add anything further," Mitra told reporters after the two-hour closed door meeting.

"Not only Baichung, we are also upset and want to save the face of Indian football. Baichung has signed the contract with the club for three years and that will expire in 2010. So we expect him to play for our club for the 2009-10 season and there is no question about that".

"Colaco has assured us that he will take the appropriate decision depending on the situation," Mitra added.

Colaco did not look confident of finding a solution but said he was doing everything which he could to resolve the issue.

"I have been asked to look into the issue and create an amicable environment to resolve it. I am trying my best and think it will be in the interest of Indian sports.

"I have highest regard for both Baichung and Mohan Bagan club and that's why I accepted to look into the matter. May be I'll not succeed, but I'll try my best," Colaco said.

Colaco also lambasted media for blowing the issue out of proportion and making the issue public.

"Press is blowing this issue out of proportion. Please understand, this is not an issue to be discussed in public.

It's an internal matter, but for you all, it would be a great news.

"I will not share what I have discussed with them. Don't give me deadlines to resolve the issue because tomorrow, if I'll give you the date, then you will ask me have you resolved it? I don't want to take this issue at a point from where things will go out of my hands and for people involved in it," Colace said angrily.

Bhutia was handed a show-cause notice by Mohun Bagan for not travelling with the team to play an exhibition match in Jalpaiguri.

Bhutia countered the allegation saying that he had informed coach about his non-availability due to his commercial commitments as he was participating in a dance reality show.

Bhutia had called the press conference and declared that he was hurt by the conduct of the club and since he cannot give his 100 per cent under these circumstances, they should part ways amicably.

The ties between him and Mitra strained further when Bhutia decided to join the traditional rivals East Bengal, for whom he had played till 2006 and left it after a disputre.

He was suspended without payment on the grounds that he had not replied to the notice on time and for joining a reality show discounting on his commitments towards the club.

He was also told that he could not leave the club as he had a three-year contract with them.

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