Bangladesh Football Federation president Kazi Salahuddin on Wednesday defended his absence from the final farewell ceremony of his once long-standing colleague and former BFF vice-president late Badal Roy, saying he couldn’t attend the programme due to illness.
The national award-winning footballer Badal died on November 23 due to liver cancer and other complications.
The sports fraternity of the country paid their final tribute to Badal at the Mohammedan Sporting Club premises and at the Bangabandhu National Stadium the following day.
But Salahuddin was not present at either of those places, which raised people’s eyebrows and made them suspect that he might have skipped the programme due to his rivalry with Badal for the president’s post in the last BFF election.
Badal served as the BFF vice-president for 12 years from 2008 and ran for the president’s post in the last BFF election held on October 3, where Salahuddin won for the fourth consecutive time.
Badal was also always vocal about BFF’s irregularities and openly criticised Salahuddin before the election.
‘I was sick and at one time I thought that I was infected by corona…It was a coincidence that I was not physically there. There is no other reason,’ Salahuddin told the journalists at his office.
The BFF boss also requested media to not twist the issue.
‘I was ready to go there… But I was sick. There is no other reason for my absence. And, please, I am requesting you not to twist it.’