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Houghton served show-cause notice

New Delhi: National football coach Bob Houghton has been issued a show-cause notice why action should not be taken against him on several counts, including the alleged racial abuse of an Indian referee during an international friendly last year.

Houghton has been asked to present his case before a four-member panel constituted by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on April 11, a top source in the AIFF told PTI.

“He has been sent show-cause notice on several grounds, including his alleged racial remarks against referee Dinesh Nair and derogatory remarks against Indian football. The AIFF is also unhappy with the performance of the national team under him in Asian Cup and in the run-up to it,” the source said.

Houghton was served the notice a few hours after India topped the group in the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers with a 1-1 draw against Turkmenistan in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

Houghton, who took over the senior Indian team in June 2006, becomes the first manager of the national football team to be show-caused by the AIFF.

Houghton had denied the charge and the national players have also sent a signed letter to AIFF president Praful Patel in support of the coach. — PTI

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