Bhutia to represent Asia on the FIFPro panel

The ex-Indian skipper has been elected onto the panel for a four year-term, FPAI credits his enthusiasm in developing the players' council...

Bhaichung Bhutia’s contributions to Indian football have been entensive and impressive, and now he has finally been given a higher mantle to look forward to. The revered ex-Indian skipper was elected onto the technical committee of FIFPro, world governing body for players, on a four year term. The decision was taken during the annual FIFPro Congress which was held at Ljubljana, Slovenia from October 22 to 24.

The panel is constituted of six personnel, three from Europe, and one each from South America, Asia and Africa respectively.

Bhutia, the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) technical committee chairman and president of the Football Players Association of India (FPAI), has been chosen to represent Asia.

Elucidating the finer points of the role he will perform during his tenure on the panel, the FPAI stated, "As part of his role on the technical committee of FIFPro, the major issues that will be discussed and dealt with are player safety, weather and playing conditions, types of playing pitches/surfaces, rules changes in the game of football affecting players and many other matters where FIFPro works for the benefit of players. They work closely with FIFA on all issues affecting players."  

The members from Europe are Vladimir Leonchenko, president of the Russian Association for Football Players and Coaches, Simon Barker former QPR player and England junior international and Gernot Zirngast, a former Austrian international.

Africa gets represented by Cameroonian international, Geremi Njitap while the South America’s are represented by Bolivian international Jose Milton Melgar.   

"It is a great achievement for an Indian to be the only representative from Asia on the world committee," added the FPAI, who credited the effort put in by Bhutia to redevelop and reinstitute the players’ body in the subcontinent.

Cyrus Confectioner, the general manager of FPAI, was included in the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.

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