Editorial

Let Truth Prevail, Mr Patel Stop The Threats

Mr Patel did not end there he went ahead to issue personal attacks on our reporter and his family.
31 Mar 2019 14:12
Let Truth Prevail, Mr Patel Stop The Threats
Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel.

On Friday, during a press conference Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel threatened to sue the Fiji SUN over what he termed as ‘defamation of character’.

This is regarding the alleged assault and verbal abuse of some members of the Fijian Under-23 and national women’s teams.

Mr Patel did not end there he went ahead to issue personal attacks on our reporter and his family.

Is this is what we should expect from someone who is a prominent businessman, head of football in the country and now a FIFA Council member?

From the day we started running reports of the alleged assault and verbal abuse, we’ve given ample time to him and Mr Gamel to reply to the allegations that were made not only by the players, but their parents as well.

They decided not to answer the questions that were emailed to them, which is their right anyway, but opted for Fiji FA lawyer to do the talking for them.

However, this did not help either because instead of answering the questions, the replies received were mostly on a threatening tone of taking legal action against us.

It did not end there because from the time Mr Patel had indicated that Mr Gamel was cleared by a committee (that was appointed to investigate the allegations), he has been trying to avoid our questions on the following;

  • How the investigation process was conducted? How many people did they interview? Where were they interviewed? Was Mr Patel present during the interview and if he was then he should tell us why he was there?
  • Was there any report on the investigation? If there was one then where is that report?
  • Also, if Mr Patel could reveal the names of those who were appointed in the committee? And also who appointed them there in the first place?
  • Was the Fiji FA ethics committee aware of this?

What’s so hard about those questions? Patel should know that no amount of legal threats purported, conspiracy theories and personal attacks made against the Fiji SUN and our reporters will stop us from pursuing the truth on all the allegations that had been made and how the investigation was done.

Yes, Mr Patel, ‘the truth always hurts’ but if we do uphold it then surely it will set us free.

Feedback: leonec@fijisun.com.fj

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