Chennaiyin FC raise conflict of interest of AIFF VP Dempo
Reigning Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC on Monday raised the issue of conflict of interest regarding FC Goa co-owner Srinivas Dempo and asked the All India Football Federation to take action against him.
Dempo also holds the position of vice-president in the AIFF. “Chennaiyin FC would like to raise the issue that the co-owner of FC Goa Mr Srinivas Dempo holds the position of vice-president of AIFF which clearly creates a conflict of interest situation,” the club said in a letter to the ISL Regulatory Commission. “Office bearers of the AIFF having commercial interests in ISL teams create a situation where there could be a potential risk of professional judgment or actions regarding a primary interest (i.e. in this case, being an office bearer of the AIFF) being influenced by a secondary interest (i.e. co-owner of FC Goa),” the Chennai-based club co-owned by Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan said in the letter.
“Therefore, an appropriate action needs to be taken against FC Goa and Mr Srinivas Dempo,” it added. Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa have been at the loggerheads after their summit clash of the ISL in December last in Goa, where the Chennai side emerged 3-2 winners in a controversy-marred match.