Former India Football Captain Commits Suicide

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Agence France Presse

Published — Wednesday 19 July 2006

Last Update 19 July 2006 3:00 am

NEW DELHI, 19 July 2006 — Former India football captain V.P. Sathyan committed suicide yesterday by jumping in front of a speeding train near the southern city of Madras, local media reported. A suicide note in English recovered from Sathyan’s body said he was ending his life because excessive drinking and gambling had left him bankrupt, the United News of India quoted local police as saying.

“I don’t want to live in this world any more,” the 40-year-old Sathyan said in the note addressed to his wife and read by police.

“I wanted to see you for the last time. But if I had done so, I would have changed my decision to end my life.

“So forgive me. I am leaving this world. The decision is entirely mine.”

Sathyan, who was employed by a local bank as assistant manager, is survived by his wife and a 10-year-old daughter.

Sathyan, a defender, represented India for 15 years from 1980 to 1995 and also played for the country’s leading clubs like Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.

After retirement, he became a national selector with the All India Football Federation and served as assistant to former Indian coach Stephen Constantine in 1996.

Federation secretary Alberto Colaco said he was “shocked to hear about the extreme step taken by Sathyan.”

“It is a huge shock for the football fraternity. His death is a great loss for the game in the country,” Colaco said.

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