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While the All India Football Federation (AIFF) have sought legal advice from a law firm based in Delhi as to how to see the back of Bob Houghton as the Indian national coach given the serious “racist” allegations leveled against him and the alleged “derogatory” remarks made towards the governing body for football in the country, the Englishman denied all charges raised and pointed at his experience of over 30 years at the highest level as a proof of his high standards of professionalism.

The Executive Committee of the AIFF on the suggestion of the technical committee expressed their disappointment with the performance at the Asian Cup and believed that the large sums of money put in the preparations were completely wasted in every manner.

Also the fact that Dinesh Nair, who was the fourth official in the India versus Yemen match back in October last year, had submitted a written complaint against Houghton claiming that the chief coach called him a “Bastard Indian Referee.”

Reacting to all of the above, Houghton mentioned that all the accusations didn’t hold much ground and gave a sound reply for each of it.

“Further
 to 
reports
 in
 the
 media
 that 
I
 made
 a
 racist
 remark 
to
 a
 fourth
 official 
last
 year,  I
 wish 
to 
categorically
 deny
 that 
allegation.

"Furthermore,
 remarks 
made 
by 
former
 team 
manager Pradeep
 Chowdhary, 
are 
the 
exact 
opposite
 of
 his 
comments
 made 
at 
a
 dinner 
directly 
after 
the 
match,
 where
in 
front 
of 
my
 staff
 he 
called
 the 
official 
in 
question (Dinesh Nair)
“ a 
bad
 man”
 and 
insisted
 I
 had 
said 
no 
such 
thing. 
My
 staff 
are 
prepared 
to 
confirm
 Chowdhary’s 
comments
 when
 and 
if 
required.

"Regarding 
the 
other 
allegation
s regarding 
my 
criticism
 of 
the
 AIFF 
during
 the 
Asian
 Cup, 
my 
comments were
 limited
 only 
to 
facilities 
for 
football 
in 
India. 
They
 refect
 exactly 
the 
comments
 made
 by 
Asian 
Football 
Confederation
 President
 Mohammed 
Bin 
Hammam on 
a 
visit 
to 
India 
during
 my 
time
 as
 head
 coach,
when
 he 
described
 India 
as
"100
 years 
behind"
other 
Asian
 countries.

"I
 would 
also 
like 
to
 point 
out 
that 
I 
have 
worked
 in
 international 
football 
at 
the 
highest 
level 
for
 30
 years
 before 
my
 arrival 
in
 India
 in
 2006,
 having
 worked
 in
 Africa, China, 
the 
United
 States,
Uzbekistan,
the
 Middle
 East
 and 
in 
many 
European 
countries
 and
 staffed 
coaching
 courses 
for 
the 
AFC 
through out 
Asia 
with out 
any
 such 
nonsensical 
allegations
 being 
made.

"I 
have 
no 
doubt 
that 
ALL 
the 
players 
and
 staff
 that 
I 
have worked
 with 
in
 India 
would
 confirm that 
I 
do 
not 
have 
a 
racist 
bone 
in 
my 
body 
and 
have 
treated
 all 
of 
them
 with 
the 
utmost
 respect.
 The
 only 
exception 
would 
be 
Pradeep 
Chowdhary,
 who
 walked
 out 
of 
his 
position 
as 
National
 Team
 manager 
just 
prior 
to 
the 
Asian 
Cup 2011 
after 
an 
argument 
with 
me.
 I
 refer 
those 
who would 
wish 
to 
see 
a
 reflection
 of 
this 
man’s 
standing
 among 
the
 Indian
 Team
 members 
to 
the 
FPAI (Football Players Association of India)
website
 directly
 after 
his 
walk
out.

"Finally, 
I 
look
 forward
 to
 taking 
a 
young 
and
 experimental
 Indian 
Team 
to 
the 
AFC
 Challenge 
Cup qualifiers 
next 
month 
and
 then 
returning 
to 
our
 senior 
National 
Team
 players 
for 
the 
World
 Cup 2014
 Qualifiers 
in 
June this year," said Houghton.

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