To attribute Venkatesh’s demise only to football management would be ridiculous – AIFF president Praful Patel

The Indian FA president believes that to lay the blame on Venkatesh's demise on just the football management would be silly...
Praful Patel, the president of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), has called for an enquiry as to what went wrong given that a footballer, Venkatesh D, lost his life on field on Wednesday evening.

The player in question had to be taken to the hospital in an auto-rickshaw since the authorities hadn’t bothered about having an ambulance around.

"It's unfortunate that something like this has happened. We will definitely look into it and take action,"

"We don't know the cause as yet as to what exactly happened. Basically, all major matches and all the tournaments do have medical facilities available on stand-by like in any other game. In any tournament, there are some standard procedures that are there. If for some reasons, something has gone wrong we will take action," Patel told NDTV.

"It's unfortunate ... but to attribute it only to the football management would be absolutely, I would say ridiculous," he said.

Patel promised that action will be taken against those found guilty as the shortcomings needs to be corrected.

"AIFF is an overall body which looks after the affair of football in the country. There are state associations which actually conduct the football. There are guidelines which need to be adhered to. I am not saying that if something like this has happened we should overlook it, certainly not, we will not only look into it, correct the shortcomings but also take action," said Patel.

Recently the AIFF launched an official bid for the 2015 Club World Cup and 2017 U-17 World Cup. Venkatesh’s demise highlights the lack of preparation in the country for the most basic medical facilities for footballers which is a shame of the first order.

However Patel believes that by winning the bids it would give the AIFF a direction to move towards becoming a better footballing nation.

"... certainly, the incident will be known and it should be known. The incident does not dent our chances, in fact, one of the reasons why we are hoping to have the 2017 World Cup is to put some timetable before us so that India gets moving. If India does not get moving in 5 years when is it going to move," questioned Patel.

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