The All India Football Federation (AIFF) Disciplinary Committee met at the Football House in New Delhi on Thursday and made the decision to fine Mohun Bagan head coach, Sanjoy Sen Rs. 10 Lakhs and suspend him for eight games.
The I-League winning manager has been charged for making derogatory statements against the AIFF according to Article 58 of the the football governing body's disciplinary code.
The ruling will keep Sen from attending the rest of the fixtures in the current campaign, landing a huge blow to Bagan's bid to defend their title.
Their challengers in the league, East Bengal and Bengaluru FC, will no doubt be encouraged by the team's set-back.
At the end of January, the Sen claimed the AIFF had been "sold out", following the governing body's refusal to reschedule Bagan's league match against DSK Shivajians on January 30 despite the team having to travel to China for an AFC Cup game on February 2.
The coach was subsequently served a show-cause notice by the AIFF for his derogatory remarks after getting hold of the video recording of the press conference and gave him a seven day deadline.
The Bagan gaffer then issued an apology for his remarks in the hope of avoiding a suspension but his efforts were fruitless.
Meanwhile, Gumpe Rime, the goalkeeping coach of Shillong Lajong FC has been suspended for four matches and fined Rs. 30,000 as provided in Article 50-1-a & 58 of the AIFF disciplinary code, for the use of abusive language against the referees decision.