Peas wants reward for promoting Indian football

New Delhi: Two months after being made the brand ambassador of Indian football, tennis star Leander Paes is learnt to have sent a wish list to the AIFF, which includes a whopping appearance fee of Rs 1.6 crore for promotional activities.

Sources close to the All India Football Federation said that Paes wants to have a professional contract whereby he shall devote a minimum of eight days in a year with a fee of Rs 20 lakh per appearance.

AIFF secretary general Kushal Das, though said that Paes, a multiple Grand Slam winner in doubles and a Davis Cupper, has only communicated about what he wants to do for the promotion of Indian football.

"It`s nothing like a contract. He has said about what all he wants to do for promotional activities.

"I`m not too sure about this so I have forwarded the details to our president (Praful Patel)," Das said.

Paes was officially made the face of Indian football during the opening ceremony of the I-League at the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata in October.

At a time when the AIFF is not doing too well as far as its financial condition is concerned, Paes` demand will only add to its monetary woes.

The AIFF was earlier keen on having Paes on board and the tennis star too had expressed his interest.

"I am a big football lover. As I grew up, as a young kid, and in my youth, I had spent a lot of time playing football," Paes had said during an event in Kolkata.

PTI

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