Srinagar , 12 September : Downtown Heroes FC have strongly reacted to reports that it had submitted fake documents for second division I-League nomination and has asked J&K Football Association (JKFA) to launch probe .
Downtown Heroes FC was one of two clubs from J&K that were nominated by JKFA for second division I-League to All India Football Federation. On Sunday , National and International Football Forum (NIFF) had alleged that two Kashmir based clubs have submitted fake documents for I-League nomination .
They said that they have got multiple reports that the clubs guided by some JKFA members have submitted fake documents .
Now reacting strongly to the accusations , Downtown Heroes FC has said that NIFF should have used measured words as thier documents are 100 percent original.
“Despite finishing second and having least chance of getting I-League entry, we worked hard day and night to complete AIFF licensing formalities. It was not easy but did our best and were able to complete all formalities,” said Downtown Heroes FC owner Mushtaq Bashir.
“We are anytime ready to make our documents public and show to the World that our documents were perfect and we missed owing to finishing second in JKFA Professional league. We dont know whether other club that finally got selected for I-League completed the formalities or not but for ourselves we did compete all formalities in proper legitimate manner ,” he said.
He said that NIFF shouldn’t have dragged there club into the controversy as till date no one has accused us of such thing.
“We also are aware about certain reports that are doing rounds and it never involved name of our club , Downtown Heroes FC. NIFF should have first enquired with us before making such a statement,” Mushtaq Bashir said.
Mushtaq asked JKFA to take up matter with AIFF and come clean on this whole issue .
Meanwhile Co-Owner of the Downtown Heroes FC , Hinan Bhat has said that one of the professional hired by the club for submitting documents to AIFF have breached thier trust by leaking documents .
“We never got involved with any JKFA member about completing licensing process. Instead we hired a professional from outside to do the job. We submitted our documents by using his professional services. However we have now come to know and we also have proof that this professional shared , leaked our documents to certain individuals,” Hinan said.
“It is complete breach of trust and confidentiality. We are going to write about this to JKFA as well as AIFF and would want them to probe it,” he added.