The 15-point penalty imposed on FC Goa and the 2-year ban on their owners have been overturned by the ISL Appeals Commissioner Kshitij Vyas, a retired chief justice of the Bombay High Court. The fine imposed on the team for the fracas after the ISL 2015 final has also been reduced to Rs. 6 crore.
The verdict by the commission on Friday was confirmed by the Indian Super League through a media release.
“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, as following:
Points Docking of FC Goa Revoked
In response to FSDL’s appeal against docking of 15 points of FC Goa ahead of ISL season 2016, the ISL Appeals Panel found merit in FSDL’s argument “to keep football fans interest above all matters, and to provide a level field for all teams.”
The ISL Appeals Panel in its judgement 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.
Ban on FC Goa’s owners lifted
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 based on the 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.
FC Goa to pay Rs 6 crore to FSDL
Appeals Panel has reduced the FC Goa’s financial penalty to Rs. 6 crore from the earlier Rs. 11 crore. The Appeals Panel also stated that this amount is to be paid to FSDL, should 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,” said the media release from ISL.
However, the franchise will go into the third edition of the Indian Super League without their owners Dattaraj Salgaocar and Srinivas Dempo after they decided to part ways with the club.
“The developments post the finals on December 20, 2016, have caused deep distress to us, our families, the FC Goa team and Goans in general. We have received a copy of the statement of Elano Blumer of Chennaiyin FC conveying his regrets over his actions that occurred post-match on December 20th. In the interest of our innumerable fans and the team, with great sadness we have taken the painful decision to exit from FC Goa,” a joint statement from Dattaraj Salgaocar and Srinivas Dempo said.