Sports Minister Vijay Goel has come out in support of Indian footballer C K Vineeth after his employer, Kerala Accountant General's office, sacked him due to low attendance.
"If rules are a hindrance, we might change the rules because they are dedicated for the passion of sports," said Goel in a statement.
Goel said he will speak to the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on the matter.
"A player has to play continuously and hence is unable to meet the mandatory guideline. I will speak to Kerala Chief Minister and Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) office in New Delhi to seek their intervention to accommodate this player and change the rules."
Vineet joined the Accountant General's office in 2012 through sports quota. Because of his busy training schedule and matches, the player had been unable to attend his office regularly due to which his probation had not been extended.
Since Vineeth had failed to complete his probation before the extended period of two years i.E. Up to May 6, 2016, his services had been terminated, the CAG's order stated.
Kerala Industries minister AC Moideen and opposition leader in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala had written to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India to reconsider the decision to terminate his service, but to no avail.