AIFF takes up Indian origin footballers' issue

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has taken up the issue of getting footballers of Indian origin to play for the country with the Law ministry.

AIFF takes up Indian origin footballers' issue

Kolkata:

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has taken up the issue of getting footballers of Indian origin to play for the country with the Law ministry, AIFF president Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi said in Kolkata. "We are talking with the Law Ministry whether players of Indian origin who are now citizens of other countries can be given Indian citizenship so that they can play for the country and the modalities involved for that," Dasmunshi, who is also the Information and Broadcasting minister, told newsmen. "We can plead the case strongly only if there is sufficient number of good players of Indian origin playing abroad," the AIFF president said. He said that the Indian Constitution does not permit dual citizenship and as such amendments in the existing laws are necessary to allow such players to play for India. He said that though this has become a practice in some African and other countries of late, but their constitutional provisions for citizenship are different from that of India. Regarding the AIFF's negotiations with the Brazilian federation for football exchange between India and Brazil, Dasmunshi said that the outcome was positive. He, however, said that an announcement in this regard would be made later. (PTI)



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