Committee advises Almutairi to improve professional behaviourThe probe panel has not directly pointed out who is at fault but has decided to reprimand the Kuwaiti coach and ask him to delete his controversial Facebook post.
A committee formed by the National Sports Council (NSC) to resolve the dispute at All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has concluded that national team head coach Abdullah Almutairi needs to improve his professional behaviour.
Submitting an 81-page report to the NSC member secretary Ramesh Kumar Silwal on Wednesday, the seven-member probe committee headed by NSC member Purendra Bikram Lakhe has made an 11-point recommendation to be enforced by ANFA.
The apex sports executive body of the country had formed the committee following a dispute among national football team coach Almutairi, ANFA senior vice president Pankaj Nembang and a media person after a formal request from the football governing body.
ANFA had made a written request to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to form a probe committee after Almutairi on July 25 wrote on Facebook that he was resigning “because of senior vice president Nembang”. The ministry then assigned the NSC to probe the incident.
“Dear Nepali Fans ... I'm going to ANFA to resign and my resign because of the senior vice president, in the last 3 weeks every day he make drama to me. I hope you feel happy now Pankaj Nembang [SIC],” Almutairi, 38, wrote on the social networking site, tagging Nembang.
The Kuwaiti coach, a pro licence holder, was sent to Nepal by the Qatar Football Association as part of an agreement with the All Nepal Football Association. Qatar FA takes care of his salary. He, however, did not resign.
Three days before his Facebook post, a female sports reporter alleged that Almutairi had misbehaved with her after she questioned if he, who was smoking outside the ANFA building, was allowed to smoke at the public sphere during a training break.
Nembang, however, had refuted all the allegations and lodged a formal request at ANFA to probe the allegation and punish the guilty.
However, the probe committee has not directly pointed out who is at fault. Instead it has recommended that ANFA form a code of conduct within 15 days and enforce it after approval from the NSC.
The committee has suggested that the NSC instruct Almutairi to delete his controversial post that alleged Nembang. The committee has also advised the NSC to reprimand the coach and ask him to discharge his duty as per the contract with ANFA.
"The coach needs to perform his duty as per the contract with ANFA and should not engage in any kind of activities that create dispute," reads one of the recommendations. "He should not express anything in the media or social media alleging an individual, ANFA official or media person."
To settle the dispute between the coach and the media person, the committee has asked ANFA to call both parties for a discussion within seven days. Furthermore, the committee has concluded that in view of the friendly relations between Nepal and Qatar, the concerned parties should resolve the dispute mutually for the development of Nepali football.
"I will study the investigation report and recommend that ANFA enforce the conclusion of the committee," said Silwal after receiving the 81-page report.