FC Goa, the Indian Super League's (ISL) 2015 losing finalists, were stumped on Friday, when the South Goa police sought re-imbursement worth Rs. 2.5 CRORES from the franchise for adequate security cover during all the matches played at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, in Fatorda.
The final bill was said to have perturbed the franchise's owners, who have now sought a meeting with Goan Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, according to a report in The Times of India.
The Southern Goan superintendent of Police (SP), Shekhar Prabhudessai, was said to have personally rubber-stamped the security cover costs, which are estimated at Rs 28 lakh per match. FC Goa played nine matches at the venue - seven league games, one semi-final and, of course, the big final.
According to the tab, police personnel charged the owners on the basis of shifts, with each one being seven hours long. All Police Inspectors (PI) charged Rs. 4000 per shift whilst the Sub-Inspectors (PSI) charged Rs. 3600 per shift whilst Assistant Sub-Inspectors (ASIs) charged Rs. 2800 per shift.
Police constables - 481 of them had been deployed on the day - charged Rs. 2000 per shift, although it is believed they will reimbursed with a Rs. 1,840 per shift paycheck.
Overall, 19 PIs , 38 PSIs ,15 ASIs and 44 head constables along with the 481 constables patrolled the games for FC Goa to ensure a safe conduct for fans and matchday personnel alike.
"The bill for each match is Rs 27,99,475. The final was conducted by IMG-Reliance but since FC Goa were liasoning with the local police, the franchise has been billed even for the final. IMG-Reliance will surely pay for the final. The remainder of the money should be paid by FC Goa," revealed a source, close to the developments.
Meanwhile, IMG-Reliance have assured the franchise that the council's share of the bill would be settled immediately, but that hasn't stopped the Goan franchise from fretting over the enormous disbursements they have to solely distribute.
To this extent, FC Goa's executive committee have sought meetings with chief minister Parsekar, who also happens to hold the Home Minister's portfolio in the Goan government, in hope to significantly slash the final bill.
Revealing he's been away from the heart of the matter, FC Goa CEO Sukhvinder Singh, replied when questioned about the same, "I have been travelling and not had the time to see the letter. I will be able to provide you with the details only on Friday when I get to office."
The ISL franchise, led by Brazilian legend Zico, finished top of the heap during the regular season of the ISL, defeated Delhi Dynamos in the semi-final only to lose to Chennaiyin FC in the finals, in Goa.
Their rancourous and belligerent post-match behaviour, wherein they walked away from the trophy presentation ceremony and one of their staff was accusse to threatening the referees in the match commissioner's report, earned them a show-cause notice from the ISL's governing council. The matter is still being resolved in the upper echelons of Indian football.