The Gauhati Town Club, one of the oldest and the premier sporting organization in the north-east has bailed out of the football circuit over the match fixing scandal by its players in the recent second division I-League in Cuttack.
GTC has decided not to take part in any senior-level football tournament for at least three years and till the alleged match fixing charges is solved by the AIFF.
The club has terminated contracts of 18 players, including four foreigners and as many West Bengal recruits, of the 21-member squad that participated in national league. The players ultimately admitted verbally for their role in match fixing and 25 percent of their contract money has been deducted.
GTC, however, will be retaining three of its academy players as they have established themselves to be innocent and denied any involvement.
The General Secretary of GTC Mr. Devajit Saikia has confirmed that the club will no longer participate in the Airtel Assam Premier League. He also said that the club will concentrate only on its academy.
Bhaichung Bhutia is also accused of being involved in match fixing during the Silchar leg of the same tournament last month but has denied such allegations against him.
Ar Hima FC, a football club based in Shillong has also filed a complaint with the AIFF against United Sikkim as they approached some of its crucial players to lose a match between the two sides.
A total of Rs.50, 000 per head per month was paid to the contracted players. They have also been accused of taking Rs 50,000 for the team to lose every match.
Mr. Saikia also said that, “They sold themselves so cheaply which our club president Himanta Biswa Sarma and myself could have paid them from our own purse had they asked us for.”