India football coach Bob Houghton resigns
India coach Bob Houghton has resigned after five years in
The All India Football Federation said Saturday the departure
was ”due to personal reasons.”
The English coach, whose contract was due to run to 2013, helped
India qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup earlier this year after a gap
of 24 years. During the tournament he repeatedly called on the
country’s football federation to overhaul its domestic
Houghton had faced allegations of racism from a prominent Indian
referee, which Houghton denied. The allegations led to a
disciplinary hearing by the AIFF.
”Based on the report of the inquiry committee, the AIFF feels
that in the absence of any definitive and concrete evidence the
allegations against Mr. Houghton cannot be sustained and therefore
the AIFF agrees to withdraw all charges and allegations made
against him,” the statement said.
Houghton had been facing the inquiry from a three-man panel
after referee Dinesh Nair alleged that he had been racially abused
during an international friendly against Yemen last year.
The AIFF said he was leaving of his own accord.
”Mr. Houghton, for his personal reasons, does not wish to
continue working in India and in his position as the head coach of
the Indian football team,” the AIFF said. ”The parties have
mutually agreed to terminate the employment contract of Mr.
”AIFF thanks Mr. Houghton for his services to the Indian
football team for the last about five years and Mr. Houghton
expresses his gratitude to the AIFF for having given him an
opportunity to coach the Indian football team and wishes the Indian
football team all the very best for its future endeavors.”