Minerva are under the scanner
New Delhi: Minerva Punjab FC are presently the hottest property of Indian football - they are leading the I-League table after 13 rounds and recently their academy side won the under-15 Nike Premier Cup for the third year in succession.
Despite their remarkable on-field achievements, complaints seem to be piling up against the club management in the All India Football Federation (AIFF) office.
On Friday, the players' status committee (PSC) of the AIFF decided to refer the complaints from two of the Minerva academy players - Vikram Singh and Givon Singh - to the disciplinary committee to see whether their agreements with the Punjab-based club was done in accordance with the rules.
"The players alleged they never signed on the dotted lines and yet it was produced as original agreement papers. It is now for the disciplinary committee to ascertain whether the signatures were forged," said an AIFF official.
No Minerva official attended the PSC meeting despite being notified well in time.
This is not for the first time that complaints have come against Minerva for non-payment of salaries and non-issuance of no objection certificates (NOCs).
Arnab Das Sharma, Germanpreet Singh, Victor Amobi Ozoanibueze, Amarjeet Mishra, Shubham Sarangi and Ravi Kumar are few of the Minerva academy players who have alleged wrongdoings on the part of the club. In all these cases, the PSC either had to direct the club to pay the salaries due or to issue the NOCs to the players.
"We have been getting too many complaints, especially against Minerva. The AIFF should sit down with the club officials and thrash out the problems which involve upcoming young players," said a PSC member.
Minerva are not the only offenders. DSK Shivajians, too, have been dragged to PSC for alleged payment violations. Three of their players -- Jerry Lalrinzuala, Rakshit Dagar and Baiklian Paite -- had alleged that the club failed to pay them.