The Arjuna Award winner I.M. Vijayan, a former captain of the national football team, has been denied a visa by the German consulate in Madras to visit Germany for the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup because his bank balance of Rs 50,000 was found to be “not impressive”.
“I had to wait from 5 am to 2 pm without food or water. I have been to foreign countries many times and have clean credentials. I don’t know if they found my dark complexion and ragged looks inadmissible,” Vijayan, who has also acted in a few Malayalam movies, has told the Bombay paper, DNA.
Vijayan will appear again for his visa. Please send your best wishes to the German consulate for their exemplary standards.