A footballer has been served a lengthy ban for age-cheating by a staggering 12 years in a truly remarkable story.
When Gaurav Mukhi scored a goal against Bengaluru FC, equalising for Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League, he was announced as the ‘ISL’s youngest-ever goal-scorer’.
Mukhi, allegedly just 16-years-old, sporting a moustache, did not look the part and social media wouldn’t quieten down within his nation.
Soon old reports emerged which claimed that Mukhi had been sanctioned by the All India Football Federation for previously having admitted to being over-age and the player’s Facebook page at the time indicated that he was born on April 5, 1999.
The concept of age fraud is not new to Indian football as in 2012, a whopping 72% of the squad selected by the AIFF for the Under-17 World Cup team were found to be overage.
But now in the most high-profile allegation of age fraud ever, the federation had the chance to lay down a benchmark.
In a short statement released by the national football federation, the AIFF said the following:
“All India Football Federation (AIFF) Disciplinary Committee has imposed a six-month suspension on Jamshedpur FC player Gourav Mukhi with immediate effect.
“The AIFF Disciplinary Committee found the player Gourav Mukhi guilty on the basis of the evidence presented by him, his admissions and the statements of Manager of U-16 AIFF academy in 2015.
“The AIFF Disciplinary Committee also observed that the existing registration of Gourav Mukhi, both in the Central Registration System (CRS) as well as the Competition Management System (CMS) shall stand cancelled and revoked with immediate effect, with liberty upon the player/his appropriate club, to submit original valid appropriate documents for fresh registration under CRS and CMS.”
In addition, an author from Telegraph India suggested that Muhki’s real age is 28, not 16 as previously claimed.