Vasco SC held a meeting with the Goa Football Association (GFA) executive secretary Alberto Colaco on Tuesday afternoon and whereby it was agreed that the club’s appeal will be sent to the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
Seikhohao Tuboi has been deemed ‘ineligible’ by the AIFF and was barred from representing Shillong Lajong after four matches in the I-League Second Division despite no official protest being lodged against the club given that Southern Samity’s complaint was dismissed for not being made before their first match.
The regulations of the competitions clearly state that if a team fields an ineligible player, the particular side will be ‘scratched’ off thereafter and the opponents shall be declared winners by a +3 goal difference. The team in question will also have to face the music from the AIFF Disciplinary Committee.
However Lajong have claimed that it’s not them but the Indian Football Association, the state association for football in West Bengal, who are guilty of having registered the player in two different competitions with as many clubs.
While Kushal Das, the AIFF general secretary, has promised that action may be taken against those in the wrong, Vasco are arguing about their case and are likely to send another letter to the AIFF with GFA’s endorsement.
“If any injustice has been done to Vasco I am sure GFA will take up their case with AIFF,” Colaco told Goal.com a couple of days back.
Sporting Clube De Goa, who made their mark in the I-League Second Division and managed to qualify for the top division league next season, was congratulated by the new GFA executive secretary.
“It is very good for Goan football that Sporting is back in the I-League,” he added.