The Indian FA have asked the Nigerian to explain why no action beyond the automatic suspension should not be taken against him for his aggressive behaviour during the DerbyThe trouble just does not seem to cease for Mohun Bagan as their star striker Odafa Okolie was issued a showcause notice by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) after the Nigerian was sent off during the temperamental Derby which saw Syed Rahim Nabi being struck by a missile from the crowd and consequently, Mohun Bagan withdrawing from the game.
Odafa's sending off was seen as the catalyst for the crowd violence on Derby day as the Nigerian felt that the refereee Vishnu Chauhan was giving far too many decisions in favour of East Bengal. After East Bengal took the lead through Harmanjot Khabra, the goal scorer and Nirmal Chettri chased down a ball which both had equal chance of winning, but the resulting tussle was awarded in favour of the Red and Gold which infuriated Odafa who was right up at the referee's face and was believed to have uttered expletives.
The referee decided that the Nigerian had crossed the line and sent him off. It was during this confusion that Nabi was injured. The AIFF have now asked the Nigerian to explain why no further action, besides the usual suspension from matches, should be taken by the federation against him. The striker has till January 7, 2013 to reply to this notice.
"The AIFF felt that Odafa’s misbehaviour with the referee required strict action. Also, it acted as a kind of provocation for the crowd in a high-intensity clash. He has been given seven days to reply," I-League chief executive officer Sunando Dhar said to The Telegraph.
The show-cause notice is more a precautionary measure from the AIFF as they want to be well prepared and ready, in case Bagan move court to challenge the ban.
Meanwhile, Bagan, who have submitted a letter to the AIFF, requesting for a review of the suspension, claim they are not aware of the action against Odafa.The incidents on Derby day had prompted the AIFF to rule that Mohun Bagan were guilty of violations of the I-League charter and henceforth took the decision to ban them from the I-League for two seasons in addition to declaring all the matches of the ongoing season as null and void.
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