India's prime footballing authority, the All India Football Federation have released a statement on the alleged age fraud committed by Indian Super League side Jamshedpur FC's striker Gourav Mukhi.
Mukhi grabbed all the headlines as he scored a goal against Bengaluru FC last weekend and the Indian Super League (ISL) website even proclaimed him to be the youngest ever goalscorer. He was awarded the emerging player of the match award as well.
However, fans, media and pundits have doubts over his age due to his involvement in an age fraud controversy three years ago.
In their announcement released on Tuesday, AIFF stated, "
it is quite odd that a player who was 15 and had confessed to being overage in 2015 is still claiming to be 16 years old in 2018.
Mukhi made it to Jamshedpur's reserve squad and featured for them in the second division of the I-League. He also scored six goals in 10 appearances for them, after which he was promoted to the senior team. Additionally, he scored two goals in pre-season and netted his first goal this season on Sunday.
Speaking about this issue, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das stated on Tuesday that the issue stems from the fact that Mukhi’s passport has his birth year listed as 2002. Speaking to PTI, Das said, "