AIFF lifts ban on Gourav Mukhi
by Shubham Sharma
The forward was banned from playing football after he was accused of age-fraud.
Indian forward Gaurav Mukhi who was banned for six months for age-fraud, has been cleared of the restrictions and has been given the permission to take the field after the player provided the All Indian Football Federation (AIFF), the apex body of football in India, with his correct birth certificate, as confirmed by sources within the Federation.
The AIFF's Disciplinary Committee had previously sanctioned him in the month of November last year for having produced incorrect birth and age details, but now that he has submitted the correct documents of the concerned matter, the ban has been lifted accordingly.
"He was banned for age fraud, but he is clear to play after he submitted original documents to the AIFF. The federation had banned him for 6 months and had asked him to submit correct documents for (central registration system) CRS. He accepted the verdict and on completion of the ban, AIFF looked at his original documents and gave him clearance to participate in official events," the source told IANS.
Mukhi scored a goal against Bengaluru FC on October 7 last year and was named as the 'Indian Super League's youngest-ever goal-scorer' at the mentioned age of 16, but it was later found out that the player was overaged as a consequence of which the Federation took the drastic step of banning him.