Acting strongly against the crowd violence that ensued after Mohammed Sporting lost their I-League round fourteen tie against Bengaluru FC, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) have fined and issued a show-cause notice to the Kolkata based club. They have a week to respond to the charges.
Having incensed by the narrow 3-2 defeat, the crowd in the stadium went berserk throwing objects capable of causing grave hurt into the team dug-out while caustically damaging the Salt Lake stadium. The AIFF have also contemplated the task of referring the matter to the disciplinary committee as Mohammedan face strict action if the charges against them are proven true.
A sum of Rs. 80,000 has been levied as fine on Mohammedan while their Nigerian coach Abdul Aziz Moshood has been fined Rs. 10,000 as well, for the outburst against referee Rateesh Kumar.
Elucidating the Indian FA’s decision to fine the coach, an AIFF source in light of the situation stated to The Telegraph, “The decision to fine the club and the coach was taken as per the code of conduct.”
“The show-cause was issued because of repeated crowd violence during Mohammedan Sporting matches. Complaints were received from match commissioners from at least three previous matches,” added the source.
The governing body of football in India have meanwhile rebuffed the suggestions of the club to review referee Ratessh Kumar’s performance in the match on Wednesday. While sources claimed that Sporting were dissatisfied by the referee’s show for allegedly denying them two penalties, the match commissioner Gulab Chand was said to have been convinced of Kumar’s competence in the match.
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