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AIFF Disciplinary Committee imposed 4 Crore fine on Kerala Blasters for abandoned Hero ISL tie

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The Disciplinary Committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), chaired by Mr. Vaibhav Gaggar, imposed a hefty fine of Rs Four crores (INR 4,00,00,000/-) on Kerala Blasters FC on Friday. The fine was imposed on Kerala FC for walking off the pitch and thereby renouncing their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) playoff match against Bengaluru FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on March 3, 2023.

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The AIFF Disciplinary Committee heard all parties involved in the tie and considered their protests. The Disciplinary Committee then 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. 6,00,00,000/- (Rupees Six crores).”

Kerala Blasters did this act after a disputed goal scored by Bengaluru FC from a free-kick. The Kerala club filed a protest to the AIFF against referee Crystal John’s decision to allow Sunil Chhetri to take the free-kick that resulted in the disputed goal.

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Kerala Blasters head coach Mr. Ivan Vukomanovic was accused of the offense of abandonment and bringing the game into disrepute. He also apparently instigated the team for discontinuing the game. Mr. Ivan Vukomanovic has been penalized

“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 (Rupees 5,00,000/-) under Article 9.1.2 (of the AIFF disciplinary code).”

The AIFF 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 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. 10,00,000/- (Rupees Ten Lakh) 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 instructed both Kerala Blasters and Mr. Vukomanovic to follow this order within a week. 

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