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Friday, May 6, 2016

FC Goa gets red card, starts next season with 15 points less

Slaps season bans on co-owners and `11 crore financial penalty, docks points; team found in breach of ISL regulations, code of conduct and bringing disrepute to league

PANJIM: FC Goa has been fined Rs 11 crore, two of its co-owners banned from the stadium and the team docked 15 points in the next season.
The five-member Regulatory Commission of  Indian Super League (ISL) that met in Mumbai pronounced its final order on Thursday, where FC Goa were found in breach of ISL regulations, code of conduct bringing disrepute to the league, following the December 20, 2015 incident at Fatorda stadium soon after the final whistle was blown on the ISL final.
According to the order, FC Goa co-owner Dattaraj Salgaocar has been banned from associating with any activity pertaining to ISL matches (including entering the stadium) for three ISL seasons, co-owner Srinivas Dempo has a similar ban but for two ISL seasons. The team shall be docked 15 points in the next ISL season and will pay Rs 10 crore to FSDL (Football Sports Development Ltd) towards penalty/fine as well as costs, and Rs 1 crore to Chennaiyin FC towards costs.
FC Goa were facing allegations of violating ISL regulations for boycotting the match and league ceremony, public criticism and threatening match officials, alleging that the match was fixed and non-adherence of league rules.
The Regulatory Commission, chaired by Justice D A Mehta (former Gujarat High Court Judge) had Justice B N Mehta (former Gujarat High Court Judge ), D Sivanandhan (former Director General of Police, Maharashtra), Vidushpat Singhania (legal professional and sports law expert) and Kiran More (former Indian cricketer) as members.
On December 20 last, after Chennaiyin FC defeated FC Goa 3-2 in the ISL final, a scuffle had broken out and Salgaocar had accused Chennaiyin FC’s marquee player Elano of physically assaulting him in an altercation that occurred at the home team’s dugout after the final whistle.
Salgaocar filed an FIR in a local police station and Elano was arrested and subsequently released. The ISL regulatory commission had then issued notices to the parties involved and also asked FC Goa why action should not be taken against them for boycotting the post-match prize distribution.
FC Goa, have already been punished by the All India Football Federation’s disciplinary committee with a fine of Rs 50 lakh, and have maintained that issuance of notices by AIFF and ISL Regulatory Commission for the same alleged breaches violates their fundamental rights and amounts to double jeopardy.
The regulatory commission, however, having heard the parties at length ruled out FC Goa’s claims on double jeopardy and ISL regulatory commissions’ lack of jurisdiction.
All the parties have the option to exercise their right to appeal under the ISL League rules to the ISL Appeals Panel comprising of former Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Kshitij R Vyas.

Herald Goa News

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