Nicolai Adam was asked to step down from his position as the head coach of the India Under-17 national team late on Tuesday evening after a meeting with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel.
The meeting was held at Patel's residence in New Delhi.
Although the Indian FA have issued a denial, stating that only “the performance of the team (was discussed) as well as the way forward towards preparing a more competitive team for the U-17 World Cup", sources close to Goal have informed that the players and Indian contingent of the staff of the Under-17 squad went to the AIFF to remonstrate against the coach's demur.
It is believed that the allegations put forth are of a serious nature, putting the governing body under duress to take immediate action.
“Yes, the players have complained about certain issues and we will discuss the same in the coming days. At this point, we are reviewing and only then will we take a call if things can be worked out or not,” informed one of the top officials in the AIFF.
Detesting Nicolai's coaching, the players refused to function under his reign. The AIFF official confirmed that players have also made allegations of physical abuse.
"The players in their letter have informed the federation about physical abuse. They further mentioned that they wouldn't take to the field if Nicolai continues to be the head coach. The parents of the kids might go to National Human Rights Commission if an action isn't taken," informed the AIFF official.
When Goal contacted Adam to seek his view on the above-mentioned development, the German, who was recommended to India by the German FA, chose not to respond.