Manchester United legend Paul Scholes joins India's Premier Futsal League

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes joins India's Premier Futsal League

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Amlan Majumdar

06/23/2016

The newly planned Premier Futsal League, which has already roped in the likes of Deco and Futsal legend Falcao, has received a massive boost following the signing of Manchester United legend Paul Scholes. The Englishman has expressed his eagerness to meet the passionate fans across India.

“Futsal is a fascinating format that has played a pivotal role in developing the skills of some of the greatest football players. I have seen Futsal grow not just back home, but also across the world and I have played in a few of those tournaments.

“Premier Futsal will be a great way to introduce the sport to India and I’m looking forward to meeting the fans across India who I know are some of the most passionate in the world,” Scholes was quoted as saying by PTI.

The 41-year-old, who had made 718 appearances for Manchester United, retired from professional football at the end of the 2012-13 season. He has won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League winners medals since making his first team debut in 1992.

His arrival will further boost the popularity and reach of the newly planned Premier Futsal League. Indian cricket star Virat Kohli is the co-owner of the tournament, which will be the first-ever multinational futsal league. The league is yet to receive approval from the AIFF and FIFA, and the former is reportedly considering legal action against it. This new league has trampled the Indian governing body's plans of launching a futsal league of their own along with their media partner IMG.

The inaugural tournament will take place in Chennai, while Kolkata will host the final. The league will be played from July 15 and is set to be broadcast on Sony Picture Network.

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