The 36-year old former Mohun Bagan striker responded to the claims of Southern Samity coach Bhattacharya that he attempted to fix a game.
Jose Barreto has been a player who has attained legendary status amongst Mohun Bagan fans. The Brazilian, who plies his trade with Bhawanipore FC, spent six memorable years with the Mariners. However the 36-year old is now in the news after he has stated that he intends to sue Southern Samity coach Subrata Bhattacharya for falsely implicating him of fixing an I-League second division game.
"I have spoken to lawyers and will file an FIR after this (press conference). I will sue him for defamation,” Barreto said at the Bhowanipore Club tent on Tuesday.
Subrata had said that the Brazilian had come to his hotel room to beg for points ahead of Samity’s game against Rangdajied which was being held at Bangalore. Barreto admitted to going to the coach’s room but claimed that he only wanted him to field Samity’s first XI ahead of their match against Rangdajied.
“I have played in India for over a decade with honour. I am not a nobody. Young footballers look up to me, I have family and friends who know what kind of a person I am. How can he make such an irresponsible comment,” said a clearly upset Barreto to The Times of India.
Bhawanipore had beaten Mumbai Tigers by 5-3 in their final match last Saturday and hoped that the match between Samity and Rangdajied would throw up a favourable result as the Meghalaya club were in contention for the second spot in next year’s I-League. Mohammedan Sporting had already booked their place in the top flight for next year.
However, Samity crashed to a 3-1 defeat to Rangdajied FC who had earlier in the week defeated Mohammedan by the same scoreline. Bhawanipore accused them of fielding a weak XI.
"Subrata gave me his word that he would field the first team against Rangdajied, but had his key players sitting out the match. And now he is accusing me of fixing. That is a very very serious charge. If it was Brazil, I would have sued him for so much that he’d have to sell his house to generate the money. Of course, I have confidence that I will get justice here too,” lashed out Barreto.
However the Brazilian was open to not pursue the legal avenue if Subrata apologized for his statements.
“Well, you could say I am expecting him to. I am a religious man and forgiveness is something I believe in but he has to first apologise. The mouth that uttered those allegations against me should now open to say sorry,” the Brazilian signed off.
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