A coach attached with the Indian Under-17 women's football team has been suspended and called back from Norway for alleged misconduct with a minor player during the ongoing training tour to Europe.
"An event of misconduct has been reported in the U-17 women's team, currently on an exposure tour to Europe. The AIFF follows a zero-tolerance policy on indiscipline. As an initial action, the Federation has provisionally suspended the individual pending further investigation," read the statement from the Committee of Administrators (CoA), which is managing the affairs of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
"The AIFF has asked the concerned individual to stop all contact with the team, return to India immediately, and be physically present for further investigations upon his arrival," the statement added.
The CoA has informed the Sports Authority of India (SAI) about the incident.
Sexual harassment cases are emerging in Indian sports. Recently a female cyclist had accused national coach of inappropriate behaviour during training trip to Slovenia. The coach was sacked and is facing a detailed investigation.
A female sailor had also accused accompanying coach of making her uncomfortable during an exposure abroad.