I emailed Gulati requesting an interview as part of my ongoing research into the governance of football. Not long ago Gulati has declined to be interviewed when I contacted him about the IGC, however, in 2011 he did kindly offer some comments on an early version of my recent paper on FIFA accountability.
Today, through a spokesman who just emailed back, Gulati refused again to be interviewed as follows:
Thanks for reaching out. I handle most of the interview requests for Sunil.
We just did a call with national media that should be helpful in providing you with some information. I will send along the audio and transcription when it is completed later today.
Also, there will be another time down the road where we will be making Sunil available for questions. We can make sure you are included in that opportunity.
Neil BuetheGulati is busy no doubt. However, I am a professor doing research (busy also) and can wait for my questions related to governance to be answered on his schedule. The refusal to be interviewed at all speaks for itself in a way I guess. And not in a good way. Gulati should expect much more attention in his new role. Continued stonewalling of legitimate questions probably can't sustain.
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I'll post the transcript of the pooled media interview when I get it (here it is).