Elano Blumer, the marquee for Chennaiyin FC in their 2015 edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) campaign, has apologised for the fracas that followed in the aftermath of a heated 3-2 victory for the Chennai franchise over their hosts FC Goa on December 20th, 2015.
The Brazilian was arrested in the light of an alleged bust-up with Dattaraj Salgaocar a former co-owner of the Gaurs, who alleged Elano physically assaulted him proceeded to file a First Information Report (FIR) at a local Goan police station, where the final was staged.
The resulting inspection and analysis of the events that night saw FC Goa and its co-owners hit with an anvil of punities by the ISL's Disciplinary Committee, ranging from points decution for the franchise in the ISL's 2016 edition to stadium bans for the owners. The franchise weas also fined heftily by the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) disciplinary committee, for boycotting the post-match prize distribution ceremony.
The ISL's Appeals Committee withered down the quantum if punishments to just a fine of INR 6 crores on Friday, whilst the AIFF too slashed their quantum of punishment to the franchise. The team's former co-owners however, announced their decision to exit the management of franchise and sell their stake to Jayadev Mody, as Goal had exclusively revealed earlier this month. Mody, chairman of the Delta group, himself confirmed the news.
In this time, Elano has constantly maintained his innocence. The emergence of a video, allegedly showing the entire post-match fracas, seemed to back his claims as well.
Now, in a letter of regret issued to the former co-owners of FC Goa, the former Brazilian international, who has 50 caps to his name, believes the events were the result of too much emotion on the pitch.
"Naturally and as is prevalent in all such matches which are contested so closely and fiercely, tempers and emotions were running high and as has happened on many an occasion across the world of football, those tempers and emotions manifested into the incidents which took place post match,” he opined.
Further in his communication, Elano stated, "Without venturing into the merits of what actually took place on that night, I regret if any of my actions hurt the feelings and sentiments of Mr. Dattaraj Salgaocar or any one from the Goan or Indian footballing fraternity as a whole or FC Goa.”
Finally, the 36 year-old explained he was looking forward after the conclusion of this testing period. "I harbour absolutely no ill will and malice towards anyone from FC Goa and am keen ready to put these unfortunate incidents behind me," he concluded.