Netizens were left fuming after legendary Indian footballer Bhaichung Bhutia lost comprehensively to Kalyan Chaubey in the All India Football Federation (AIFF) elections on Friday.
AIFF got a former player as its president for the first time in its 85-year history after Chaubey defeated Bhutia 33-1 in the election for the top post.
Chaubey's last two predecessors — Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi and Praful Patel — were full-time politicians.
The 'Sikkimese Sniper', also 45, is one of the biggest legends in Indian football and his candidature had got the elections additional traction.
Chaubey, a BJP politician lost the last parliamentary election for the Krishnanagar seat in West Bengal in 2019.
Twitterati were quick to highlight that politicians continue to rule the Indian football body.