Team India captain Virat Kohli on Friday ended his association with the Premier Futsal League (PFL) tournament as an ambassador.
According to reports, Kohli’s parting of ways with the league may be in a large part due to his association with the Indian Super League. International football stars including Ryan Giggs, Ronaldinho, Paul Scholes, Hernan Crespo and Cafu among others were part of the city-based six-team league that garnered a lot of attraction.
The All India Football Federation had expressed concerns over the Indian cricket team captain’s involvement with the high-profile Futsal league, which is run by an unrecognized body in Futsal Association of India. AIFF president Praful Patel had implicitly stated in a tweet that no brand ambassador of an ISL team can be the same for a Futsal team. Kohli co-owns and is also brand ambassador to FC Goa and thus did face some slack for his involvement with the Premier Futsal League.
— Praful Patel (@praful_patel) 18 June 2016
It is safe to say that Kohli has taken into consideration the AIFF’s stance over his participation with the PFL before taking the decision to cut his ties with the league. Notably, the Delhi cricketer was not part of the PFL second edition’s promotion.
The 28-year-old Kohli has completed the legal formalities for stepping down from his brand ambassador role of the PFL, according to Bangalore Mirror. Bunty Sajdeh, the head of his agency, Cornerstone, played a key role to resolve legal issues in his contract, the report adds.
Meanwhile, Kohli is in Chennai for India’s first of the five-match ODI series against Australia, starting September 17 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. It is also reported that Kohli will soon shoot for an ISL promotion in Chennai.