Luis Figo parts ways with Premier Futsal

The domestic five-a-side tourney “has completely lost its path to move forward,” the Portugal football legend points out.

Luis Figo has stated he will continue his support for the long-term development of futsal.   -  Vivek Bendre

Portugal football legend Luis Figo has terminated his association with Premier Futsal.

Figo, who served as the president of Premier Futsal, has been involved with the tournament since its first edition in 2016. “I would like to announce that I am no longer the honorary president of Premier Futsal, having ceased my relationship with Premier Futsal Management (P) Limited,” Figo said in a statement.

‘Breach of obligations’

“After two years of intense collaboration I have decided to leave the project having in mind the complete failure of their representatives and and officers to fulfil the agreement and, most important, for their continuous breach of their obligations towards me and other players involved in the project,” he added.

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Alleging that Premier Futsal had lost its way, Figo said he will continue to support the development of the game.

“Premier Futsal has completely lost its path to move forward and to fulfil its obligations towards those who worked and delivered on the project,” Figo said. “Nevertheless, I wish to reaffirm my continuing support for the long-term development of the game of the futsal,” he added.

PTI adds:

Premier Futsal sought to put up a defence, saying it was faced with many obstacles.

“We had a few financial issues due to the hostile environment that was created for us to operate under and monetization became difficult because of the various hurdles,” Premier Futsal MD Dinesh Raj said in a statement.

“Figo is aware of all of the above and the reasons behind it, and he’s been kept informed completely. He’s been engaged for over two years as president and we’ve honoured all obligations including his quarterly salaries during this period except the final payment delay.”

It added, “We respect his decision and thank him for the support over the 2+ years where he stood by three young entrepreneurs with a dream to do big things and contribute to the Indian sports ecosystem.”

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