Mohun Bagan head coach Sanjoy Sen has had his suspension and fine reduced by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Appeals Committee, on Thursday.
The title-winning coach was penalised for derogatory comments against the AIFF but has now seen his ban reduced from eight matches to four. The fine of Rs. 10 lakhs he was slapped with has also been halved to Rs. 5 lakhs.
"In view of the unconditional apology tendered by Mr. Sanjoy Sen both verbally and in form of an affidavit in addition to his undertaking that such incidents will not happen in future, the AIFF Appeals Committee which met at Football House on March 31, 2106, unanimously decided to reduce the penalty of suspension from 8 matches to 4 matches to be served consecutively. At the same time, the amount of fine has been reduced to 5 lakhs instead of 10 lakhs and it is to be deposited within 15 days from the date of communication," the official statement from the AIFF read.
However, despite the reduced sentence, Sen will still be absent for the Kolkata derby against East Bengal on Sunday as it will be the fourth match of his suspension.
The committee also addressed the matter involving Indian Super League (ISL) fanchise FC Goa.
"Furthermore, on the issue of FC Goa’s fine of 50 lakhs, the Committee felt that it needs further clarification on the issue of double jeopardy and jurisdiction of ISL over this matter. The case is deferred for hearing to a later date. However, the Committee has requested both AIFF and ISL to maintain status quo in the matter of hearing of the proceeding," the AIFF's statement informed.