CSK team doctor suspended after controversial tweet about India-China faceoff
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Jun 17, 2020, 02:00 pm
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) suspended team doctor Madhu Thottappillil on Wednesday after he took to his Twitter page to post a tweet on the 20 Indian Army personnel who lost their lives during an intense clash with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh. The powerhouse Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise has stated the tweet posted by Mr. Thottappillil was in "bad taste" and announced his suspension on their social media pages.
CSK's statement on Madhu Thottappillil’s suspension is as follows: "The Chennai Super Kings Management was not aware of the personal tweet of Dr. Madhu Thottappillil. He has been suspended from his position as the Team Doctor,". The statement further read, "Chennai Super Kings regrets his tweet which was without the knowledge of the Management and in bad taste."
The Chennai Super Kings Management was not aware of the personal tweet of Dr. Madhu Thottappillil. He has been suspended from his position as the Team Doctor.— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) June 17, 2020
Chennai Super Kings regrets his tweet which was without the knowledge of the Management and in bad taste.
Mr. Thottappillil has been a part of the team owned by former BCCI President N Srinivasan’s India Cements since the inception of IPL and has been lauded for his expertise in sports medicine. He had posted a tweet ridiculing the government on Tuesday after reports of Indian casualties during their "violent face-off" with Chinese armed forces in Galwan Valley. His tweet prior to being deleted read as follows: "Just curious if the coffins will come back with a “PM Cares’ sticker on them?" Mr. Thottappillil soon after deleted the tweet he had posted and went on to protect his Twitter account.
Among the 20 Army personnel who lost their lives during their encounter with Chinese troops on Monday was a Colonel with the head-to-head faceoff said to be the biggest between the two military superpowers since the 1967 clashes in Nathu La. India had lost around 80 soldiers then while more than 300 Chinese troops were killed in action during the confrontation.