The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has issued the notice after the Dempo coach had allegedly entered the pitch in the I-League match against East Bengal.Dempo coach Armando Colaco has been asked to respond to a showcause notice issued by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on charges of allegedly entering the field of play forcibly during Dempo's I-League match against East Bengal.
Tensions had boiled over in that game as Dempo felt that they were not awarded a penalty when Dempo's Ryuji Sueoka was brought down in the box by East Bengal's Saumik Dey, but the Japanese only received a yellow card for simulation. This event sent tempers flaring at the team dugouts and Dempo coach Armando Colaco was not a happy man. Dempo did end the game at a goal a piece thanks to Peter Carvalho's late strike.
According to an official of the AIFF, the case can be referred to a disciplinary committee, which could enforce a ban on Armando. Some of Dempo's players too are unlikely to escape punishment for charging at referee L Ajit Meetei. The official who did not wish to be named, told Hindustan Times that the AIFF has watched the match video and will identify the guilty players who could either face a fine or a ban.
The AIFF official revealed that match commisioner Gulab Singh and fourth referee Raktim Saha both saw Colaco leaving the technical area and attempting to make his way onto the pitch to contest the referee's decision to not award Dempo a penalty.
|Colaco was unhappy about the refereeing decisions in the East Bengal game|
When Goal.com spoke to Armando Colaco last week, regarding the events at the Salt Lake Stadium, the Goan had stated that he was not one who complains against officials and that his reaction was in the spur of the moment.
Colaco told The Telegraph that he will quit coaching if the charge is proven against him. The Dempo coach had said after the match that he had reprimanded his players for protesting.
"I did not want to enter the pitch to disrupt the match," said Colaco. "There were problems between the players and the referee and all I wanted to do was play the peacemaker. That is my duty as a coach," said Colaco.
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