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New Delhi: The Disciplinary Committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Friday imposed a fine of Rs Four crore on Kerala Blasters FC for walking off the pitch and thereby forfeiting their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) playoff match against Bengaluru FC.

The AIFF Disciplinary Committee, after hearing all parties involved in the match and considering their protests and submissions, said that Kerala Blasters are “also directed to issue a ‘Public Apology’ for this unsporting conduct of abandoning the match, failing which the total Fine to be imposed on the defendant team will be increased to Rs. Six crores”.

The disciplinary committee meeting, chaired by Vaibhav Gaggar, held Kerala Blasters for the incidents at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on March 3, 2023.

Kerala Blasters’ actions came after a hotly disputed goal scored by Bengaluru FC from a free-kick. The club protested the AIFF against referee Crystal John’s decision to allow the goalscorer Sunil Chhetri to take the free-kick that resulted in the goal.

Kerala Blasters head coach Ivan Vukomanovic, who was accused of the offence of abandonment and bringing the game into disrepute, and apparently instigating the team for discontinuing the encounter, has been penalised “with a 10-match ban/suspension from AIFF held tournaments irrespective of whichever team he is contracted with, along with a fine of Rs Five lakh under Article 9.1.2 (of the AIFF disciplinary code).”

The Disciplinary Committee further stated, “This would necessarily mean that the Head Coach shall not be permitted to be a part of the team dressing room and/or the team bench as per Article 9.1.6, the AIFF informed in a statement on its website.

“The Head Coach is also directed to issue a ‘Public Apology’ for his misconduct, failing which the total fine to be imposed on the Head Coach will be increased to Rs. 10 lahks along with the aforementioned ban/suspension for 10 matches and from being a part of the team dressing room and team bench, irrespective of the team he is contracted with.”

The Committee has directed both Kerala Blasters and Vukomanovic to comply with this order within one week. However, Kerala Blasters and their Head Coach have the right to file an appeal against the Order.

The Committee also noted that “abandonment of a game is one of the rarest occurrences in global sporting history, especially in Football. In India, this is only the second time in professional football recorded history that a team has abandoned a match. The only other time such an act occurred was in the match of East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan on Dec 9, 2012.

“In that match, Mohun Bagan was a goal down against bitter rivals East Bengal in Kolkata when a stone hurled from one of the stands hit midfielder, Syed Rahim Nabi. The match resumed after a 13-minute stoppage towards the end of the first half, but Mohun Bagan refused to take the field after the interval as the midfielder Nabi was treated for a fractured jaw and Mohun Bagan players still felt insecure and in danger.

“Despite having such a probable cause of abandoning the match, Mohun Bagan were stripped of all the 12 points they had earned in the league and were fined Rs Two crore,” the committee observed.

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