Jamshedpur FC's Gourav Mukhi has been in the headlines, ever since he scored on his debut in the Indian Super League fixture against Bengaluru FC. The forward who is said to be 16 years of age was declared as the youngest goalscorer by the Hero ISL.
Though, many fans were not convinced with by the fact with several reports doing the rounds that the player was flouting the rules with his age. The debate over the forward's age began instantly, thanks to his moustache and well-built physique.
Back in 2015, in one of the biggest football scams in domestic football emerged after Jharkhand thrashed Goa 8-3 to win the title, in which Gourav Mukhki had scored a hatrick. But they were later stripped off the title after it was learned that Jharkhand had fielded four overage players, with the Jamshedpur FC forward being one of them.
At that time, reports mentioned that Gourav Mukhi was 16 years of age. And now fast forward to 2018, in what can be rather called a bizarre revelation the forward was introduced by the ISL as a 16 year-old.
In the wake of these claims, All India Football Federation (AIFF) was forced to investigate the allegations of age "discrepancy" against Jamshedpur FC's Gourav Mukhi. However, after careful deliberations, the AIFF released a statement where they mentioned that the player had given two different age declarations and the matter was going to be looked into by the ''relevant committee''.
“Jamshedpur FC player Gourav Mukhi who had earlier given a declaration that his DOB was 04/05/1999 has now submitted documents to the CRS system referring that his DOB is 04/05/2002,” the AIFF said.
The statement further added that Centralised Registration System was not registered in 2015 - the year Mukhi committed to the age fraud, but the matter will be investigated.
"The Centralised Registration System (CRS) which registers in-detailed information of every single player for AIFF was not implemented for the National Championships and the State Associations in 2015, but later. The discrepancy in the DOBs will be referred to the relevant committee for further appropriate action," AIFF said in a statement.