Family of D. Venkatesh rejects compensation
The family of footballer D. Venkatesh, who died after collapsing on the pitch in an ‘A' division game on Wednesday, has rejected monetary compensation offered by the sport's governing bodies in the State.
A team representing the Karnataka State Football Association and the Bangalore District Football Association on Thursday visited Venkatesh's home in Gowthampura, but was confronted by angry friends and relatives.
R. Dhanraj, his father, said the sums of Rs. 1 lakh (KSFA) and Rs. 10,000 (BDFA) that had been offered were meaningless. “This money holds no value. Let them announce a crore; I will not accept it. Will it bring back my son to life? A man who dies on the street gets more than a lakh.”
Dhanraj sought to reiterate that his son had no history of illness.
“He was not suffering from any health disorders. The association might claim he had some ailment but I am his father and I know my son better than anybody else. He simply spat on the field and they thought he vomited.”
“There is no specialist doctor, ambulance, or first aid and what was worse was that there was nobody to take care of my son when he collapsed. The players had to carry him to the hospital themselves.”
Venkatesh was interred at the Lakshmipuram burial ground in Ulsoor later in the evening.
The ceremony was attended by a large crowd, including a host of retired Karnataka players.
In the aftermath of the incident, the KSFA has promised to purchase an ambulance and station it permanently at the football stadium.