FIFA alleges manipulation in Calcutta Football League game

The match was held on August 25 and ended in favour of Subash Bhowmick-coached Tollygunge Agragami.

Subhash Bhowmick was certain the allegations were false.   -  Sushanta Patronobish

A Calcutta Football League (CFL) Premier Division ‘A’ match between Tollygunge Agragami and NBP Rainbow AC was on Thursday deemed to have been “manipulated” by FIFA’s integrity watchdog, Sportradar.

The match was held on August 25 and ended in favour of Subash Bhowmick-coached Tollygunge 2-1.

According to sources, Sportradar had prior information about the result of the game and had alerted All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Integrity Officer, Javed Siraj and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) along with the world governing body over the last week.

‘False’

“We are looking into the matter. I have received a letter from AIFF’s Integrity Officer regarding the sam,” said Utpal Ganguli, secretary, Indian Football Association (IFA), the parent body of the sport in West Bengal. “These are false allegations. I am certain,” Tollygunge coach Subhash Bhowmick said.

At present, Tollygunge is fifth in the points table with seven points and four games to go in the league. Rainbow SC is a spot below, trailing by two points but with a lesser game in hand.