Chit funds have made footballers' salary unrealistic: Bhaichung Bhutia

The Saradha Group collapse, which has affected thousands of investors in West Bengal, has also affected Kolkata's two big clubs East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. Though both the team's have chief sponsors in United Breweries, they also had chit fund companies as associate sponsors.

updated: May 06, 2013 15:32 IST
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New Delhi: Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia said if the chit fund scam, which has affected I-League clubs in Kolkata, was unearthed earlier his team United Sikkim would have hired better players for realistic salaries.

Bhutia, who has recently took over as the chairman of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) technical committee, feels I-League clubs outside West Bengal are lucky no to have been affected by the scam.

"Luckily, we have stayed away from all this. It's only the Kolkata clubs, who will have a direct effect," Bhutia told reporters on the sidelines of the launch Pepsico-AFDP "Kick for Hope" programme.

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