Churchill Brothers do not show up for Goa league title decider

The Goa Football Association (GFA) will decide whether they choose to assign the league title to the Flaming Oranje...
Churchill Brothers SC were not present for the title-deciding match of the Goa Super League against Sporting Clube de Goa at Duler stadium on Tuesday.

The Red Machines, with 26 points, needed a win to be the local champions while a draw would have been enough for Sporting who had 27 points.

According to a release sent by the Flaming Oranje, the club claimed that, "As per the GFA (Goa Football Association) competition rules, the consequence of Churchill Brothers not turning up is that the match is to be awarded to Sporting Clube de Goa with a three-goal margin."

However, GFA secretary Adlear D’Cruz informed the Navhind Times that a final word can be given only after the report of the match commissioner has been placed before the official competitions committee and the same is presented to the execute committee.

“Any decision on whether to award a walkover or otherwise would be taken only after proper facts are placed before the above two committees as the final decision rests with the executive committee,” he said.

“As of now we cannot comment on the status of the match and as such we are not in a position to explain the result of the match,” D’Cruz added.

Apparently, Churchill Brothers had requested for a postponement of the match given they had to leave for Kolkata on the 20th for their I-League tie against Mohammedan Sporting but as per D'Cruz's statement the two teams had priorly agreed to play the fixture.

“Only today’s decider which was to be played on Wednesday, had to be preponed for today, since both Sporting Clube de Goa and Churchill Brothers were to leave for Bangalore and Kalyani-West Bengal respectively.

“Churchill Alemao had intimated to GFA’s headquarters that his team was leaving Goa on Wednesday to West Bengal to play against United Sports Club in the I-League and had requested them to schedule today’s match to  December 4, but no communication of postponement was sent to them by GFA,” D’Cruz maintained.

On the other hand, Sporting Clube de Goa CEO Victor Fernandes spelled out his team's presence to play the match as per GFA’s fixtures while the impending decision is awaited by the state's governing body for football.

Churchill Brothers and Sporting Clube de Goa will meawhile travel to Kolkata and Bengaluru to face Mohammedan Sporting and Begaluru FC respectively in round 10 of the ongoing I-League 2013-14.

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