Indian footballer Romeo Fernandes who was taken on loan by Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense from FC Goa to play in the Brazilian league has been released by his club after spending just 21 minutes on the field.
Fernandes was taken on loan by Atletico Paranaense from FC Goa earlier this year following a training partnership agreement with the All India Football Federation.
The winger only played one match in which he was a substitute in the 69th minute, and was benched for the remainder of the season.
FC Goa’s media manager Rhys Mascarenhas confirmed Fernandes had returned home.
“It was Romeo’s decision to go to Brazil and entirely his decision to request the club to release him,” said Mascarenhas.
“He did not even play a full half for the club, so there was no point in him hanging on.
“Romeo is on the rolls of FC Goa and was loaned to the Brazilian club. His immediate task will be to be picked for the Indian team.”
Atletico Paranaense was quoted saying Fernando had been released to return to Goa with a view to playing for his country in World Cup qualifiers.
India’s National coach Stephen Constantine”the door is open for everyone, but certainly not for a player who has gone to Brazil for somebody else’s benefits.” India’s National coach Stephen Constantine said.
India languishes at 147 in the world rankings but the cricket-mad country is due to host the under-17 football World Cup in 2017.