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The All India Football Federation (AIFF) will launch a probe into late arrivals of four members of the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup squad, which will see players wear them for the first time during a match against the USA. AIFF general secretary Shaji Prabhakaran said they have sought a report from the national team department on how the consignment of new shoes did not arrive on time. He said that action would be taken if needed.
Prabhakaran told PTI on Thursday, “After going through the preliminary report, we will start an investigation to ascertain the facts and fix the responsibility.”
It is learned that some players had requested for new shoes last month, but it got delayed as they were brought through land transport.
Prabhakaran said that the AIFF is still not aware of the reasons for the delay in giving shoes to the players and hence the report has been sought.
“We have sought a report from the national team department of AIFF. We don’t have full facts as to how it happened,” he said.
“What we do know is that three to four players wearing smaller size shoes wanted newer shoes but those shoes reached the players late.” A football player may feel uncomfortable on the first day of wearing a new boot because it takes time to get used to it.
India lost their opening match 0-8 to the US on Tuesday.
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