ISL Appeals Panel Revokes FC Goa’s Points Docking; Ban On Owners Lifted
The ISL Appeals Panel comprising of Honourable former Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Mr. Kshitij Vyas heard the submission of all parties in Mumbai and announced its verdict today.
The ISL Appeals Panel in its judgement also revoked the sanction on 15 points docked on FC Goa, thus allowing FC Goa to start their ISL 2016 campaign on par with other teams in the League “to keep football fans interest above all matters, and to provide a level field for all teams.” Previously FC Goa penalised for 15 points.
ISL Appeals Panel has revoked the respective ban on two of FC Goa’s owners, viz. Dattaraj Salgaocar and Srinivas Dempo. The decision was taken on the basis of a letter of regret submitted by the owners and Elano Blumer, to the ISL Appeals Panel, terming the incidents as something that happened in the heat of the moment.
Since it was a first-time offence and based on the regret letters received, the Appeals Panel has revoked the respective bans on the owners.
The Appeals Panel noted that players, Club officials and all others associated with the League need to display behaviour that is an example for the fans and public.
The panel has also reduced the FC Goa’s financial penalty to Rs. 6 crores from the earlier Rs. 11 crore. The amount will be paid to FSDL, and would be utilised for investments solely in grassroots development programmes for football in the country.
Appeals Panel also set aside Rs. 1 crore penalty levied on FC Goa to be paid to Chennaiyin FC as part of the latter’s legal expenses.