Goa outfit grounded after three players detained
Indian champions Churchill Brothers were thrown off a flight and three of their players arrested for allegedly molesting an air hostess as they flew to Kolkata for an away match.
Captain Odafa Okolie, midfielder Kalu Nnanna and goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya were arrested when the flight landed in Mumbai at 10.20pm and were released on bail at 2am by the airport police.
A policewoman said: “The three players underwent a medical test [for alcohol] late last night after they were taken into custody and the results were all positive, which meant nothing was wrong. They paid a fine of rupees five thousand each and were granted a bail at around 2am.”
The club’s assistant coach, Mario Soares, claimed any touching was accidental.
He said: “A big issue has been made out of very little, actually. In the flight, Odafa was sitting on one side and Felix on the other. They were talking with each other and having fun, when the air hostess passed by in the aisle.
“It’s a flight with 200 people on board, and Odafa is a family man, he will not deliberately try to touch her anywhere. He accidentally touched her, and the problem started.”
The club has now resumed travelling to the match against Mohun Bagan and all three detained players will be available.