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BFF lambasts Thakurgaon for U-14 final chaos

  • Published at 07:20 pm July 25th, 2019
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Thakurgaon didn’t accept the women’s football committee’s decision and rather sent their players to protest at the venue (Kamalapur Stadium) during the final between Mymensingh and Rangpur on July 19, which created an unexpected scene

Fielding over-age players in different age-group tournaments is not an unusual allegation in the country's football.

But recently a rather unexpected incident buzzed the football arena which initiated after Thakurgaon District Football Association was found guilty of fielding four ineligible players during the second semi-final of JFA U-14 Women’s Football Championship last week.

The charge against Thakurgaon was not about having over-aged players but to field those in more than two editions, which breached the tournament by-laws. 

Thakurgaon’s semi opponent Mymensingh placed written complaints, with evidence, to BFF within hours after losing the game. 

The disciplinary committee cut three points off Thakurgaon, which saw Mymensingh reach the final.

Thakurgaon didn’t accept the women’s football committee’s decision and rather sent their players to protest at the venue (Kamalapur Stadium) during the final between Mymensingh and Rangpur on July 19, which created an unexpected scene.

“We sent Thakurgaon U-14 team a letter of the women’s football committee’s decision in the morning during the final but they refused to receive the letter. Rather they threatened to create barrier during the game and they did it by passing through the gateman and police in force to enter the venue and take illegal possession on the pitch,” said BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag during a press conference at the BFF House Thursday.

Thakurgaon DFA earlier called a press conference at the National Press Club Wednesday where they, admitting their faults, instead raised questions over four players of champion side Rangpur, who had been claimed to feature in three consecutive editions violating the by-laws. 

But the BFF stated that they have not received any official complaint regarding the matter.

The BFF is supposed to have all the documents regarding who played in all the previous editions of the event. 

The BFF GS said they would increase surveillance and be more careful in future to avoid such scenes.