No date fixed for Houghton hearing

The date of the second hearing in the racial abuse allegations against national football coach Bob Houghton is yet to be decided after the AIFF had tentatively fixed it for tomorrow.

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2011, 22:03 PM IST

New Delhi: The date of the second hearing in the racial abuse allegations against national football coach Bob Houghton is yet to be decided after the AIFF had tentatively fixed it for tomorrow.

Houghton appeared before a panel of AIFF vice-presidents Subrata Dutta, Ankur Dutta and senior executive committee member C R Viswanathan on April 11 and termed the charges of racially abusing an Indian referee as "baseless" in the written submissions he made.
The date for the second hearing was fixed for tomorrow but AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das today told reporters that the panel is seized of the matter and will fix a date after finishing its "investigations".

"In the first hearing, tomorrow was fixed as tentative date. The panel is yet to complete investigations and once it is done a date for next hearing will be fixed," said Das, who is the ex-offico member of the panel.
Houghton was issued show caused notice on March 26 to explain why action should not be taken against him on various charges, including that of racially abusing Indian referee Dinesh Nair in an international friendly in Pune last year.

Houghton, who was accompanied at the first hearing by Delhi-based Supreme Court advocate Anish Dayal, denied the racial abuse charges and termed them as "baseless".

PTI