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AIFF urged to take action against FC Goa

Match commissioner A.K. Mamukoya has asked the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to take necessary action against FC Goa for their “unreasonable, undisciplined and bullish” behaviour after their 2-3 loss to Chennaiyin FC in the finals of the Indian Football League (ISL).

Mr. Mamukoya, in his report, mentioned that three Japanese referees were threatened with physical assault by FC Goa staff and players from the substitute bench.

“Immediately after the final whistle, many substitute players and officials led by Rajesh Malgi, Equipment Manager of FC Goa, rushed to the referee, surrounded him and scared him with physical gestures,” he wrote in his two-page report.

“Seeing this, which was unexpected and without any reason, myself and fourth official rushed to the rescue of the referee from Japan. Referees group (from Japan) were still abused in filthy language and were threatened with physical assault,” he added.

FC Goa co-owner Dattaraj Salgaocar claimed that Chennaiyin FC marquee player Elano Blumer had elbowed him and caught his neck, but the match commissioner hit out at the Goan team for ganging up Chennaiyin FC captain, Elano Blumer. He also condemned the behaviour of Mr. Salgaocar and AIFF vice-president, Shrinivas Dempo.

“While Chennaiyin FC was celebrating their victory close to centre circle, there was another incident in front of FC Goa technical area. I have seen one player of Chennaiyin FC Elano Blumer was surrounded by many players and officials of FC Goa who were pushing him. He somehow came out of the melee and ran to join his team,” he said.

“It was chaotic scene all around. Top officials of FC Goa like S Dempo and Dattaraj Salgaocar who I know for long associated with football should have calmed down the situation instead became part of the undesirable atmosphere,” he mentioned.


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