The All India Football Federation (AIFF) Appeals Committee at last took a call and granted Salgaocar's wish to give them the point back, which was docked for having fielded an ineligible player.
Goal had reported earlier of Salgaocar knocking the doors of the Appeals Committee in order to reverse the decision taken by the I-League.
With this Salgaocar move to 39 points, behind East Bengal who are in second place. The Club, however, have been levied a fine of Rs. 50,000 for an administrative lapse.
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.