The All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Appeals Committee is set to take a call on Salgaocar’s plea to reconsider the decision to dock a point for having fielded an ineligible player.
It all began when Mathew Foschini and Fulgancio Cardozo were fielded by Salgaocar in their successive matches against Bengaluru and Pune on the 22nd and 26th of November 2013 respectively. The Indian FA have claimed that the necessary player registration formalities hadn’t been cleared in total, which renders the players ineligible to partake in the on-field play.
As per the AIFF dictum, Bengaluru FC and Pune FC were awarded 3-0 victories and three points each for the games played against The Greens. While Bengaluru stand to gain nothing from this decision (owing to their 1-0 victory over their rivals), Pune FC had two extra points having originally drawn their game against Salgaocar.
“The Players Status Committee referred the matter to the Disciplinary Committee (who met in March) who said that no further disciplinary action has to be taken. If they want to appeal then that can be done,” informed Sunando Dhar, CEO of the I-League.
Should the decision to dock points be reversed, it could change the I-League title race scenario and result in two points being taken off Pune FC.
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