The alleged assault case involving the marquee Brazilian player Elano has taken a new turn with the ISL (Indian Super League) decided to slap the huge fine of 11 crores on FC Goa team with the banning of its co-owners Shrinivas Dempo and Dattaraj Salgaonkar for two and three seasons respectively. Read the complete report here.
In one of the most recent development reported by the PTI, ISL slapped the fine of Rs. 11 crore on the FC Goa team and issued the order of banning the FC Goa co-owners Shrinivas Dempo and Dattaraj Salgaonkar for two and three seasons respectively for causing the disgrace to the tournament. They will not be able to do any promotions as well as they are also banned from entering the stadium.
The dispute started with the alleged scuffle between the marquee Brazilian player Elano and FC Goa co-owner Dattaraj Salgaonkar which resulted into the false implication of Elano and causing his arrest by the Goa police. ISL had reportedly taken very serious note of this issue and the result of the same has come out to be ban and fine on FC Goa.
According to the reports, The ISL Regulatory Commission took the decisions after the conclusion of the hearings in Mumbai relating to the controversy surrounding the scuffle between Chennaiyin FC’s Brazillian marquee player Elano Blumer and FC Goa officials after the ISL second season final in Margao in December last year.
The five-member Regulatory Commission of ISL headed by Justice (Retd) D A Mehta met in Mumbai over last three days in continuation of their earlier sittings since February to hear the submissions of the respective parties in the matter of Football Sports Development Limited vs FC Goa; FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FC; FC Goa vs Elano Blumer and Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa.
The verdict said that, “In its final order pronounced today, FC Goa was found in breach of ISL regulations/code of conduct bringing disrepute to the ISL, following the unfortunate incident on 20th December 2015 soon after the Hero ISL final at Fatorda Stadium, Goa. FC Goa were facing the allegations of violating ISL Regulations namely for ‘boycotting match and league ceremony’, ‘public criticism and threatening match officials,’ ‘alleging that the match were fixed,’ and ‘non-adherence of League rules”.
The report further states that, “Mr. Dattaraj Salgaocar shall be banned from associating with any activity pertaining to ISL matches (including entering stadium) for three (3) ISL seasons. Mr. Srinivas Dempo shall be banned from associating with any activity pertaining to ISL matches (including entering stadium) for two (2) ISL seasons. “A sum of Rs 10 crore (Rupees Ten Crores Only) shall be paid by FC Goa to FSDL towards penalty/fine as well as costs; and a sum of Rs 1 crore (Rupees One Crore Only) shall be paid by FC Goa to Chennaiyin FC towards costs,” the release said.
Dempo is also a vice-president of the All India Football Federation. FC Goa team will also be docked 15 points in the next ISL season. The Regulatory Commission members were unanimous in arriving at the verdict.
Besides Justice (Retd) D A Mehta (former judge of Gujarat High Court), the ISL Commission has Justice B N Mehta (former judge, Gujarat High Court), D Sivanandhan (former Director General of Police, Maharashtra), Vidushpat Singhania (legal professional and sports law expert) and Kiran More (former Indian cricketer).
The regulatory commission has ruled out the claims of FC Goa on ‘Double Jeopardy’ and ISL Regulatory Commissions’ lack of ‘Jurisdiction’ issue. All the parties have the option to exercise their right to appeal under the ISL League rules to the ISL Appeals Panel comprising Justice (Retd) Kshitij R Vyas, former Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.
FC Goa, who have already been punished by the All India Football Federation’s disciplinary committee with a fine of Rs 50 lakh, have maintained that issuance of notices by both AIFF and ISL Regulatory Commission for the same alleged breaches violates their fundamental rights and amounts to double jeopardy.