Jan 16: India’s oldest football club, Mohun Bagan AC, who were banned for two years after refusing to take the field for the second half of their derby against East Bengal, have won their appeal to be reinstated into the national league, AIFF website reported on Tuesday.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) last month sidelined the Kolkata-based club out of the national league and banned them for a further two years. Mohun Bagan were trailing their arch-rivals East Bengal 1-0 on Dec. 9 at the salt lake stadium when one of their players was hit by a stone hurled from the stands. The match resumed after a near 15-minute interruption but Mohun Bagan did not return to the field.
AIFF President and Member of Parliament Mr. Praful Patel chaired the Executive Committee Meeting at Udyog Bhawan in the Capital today. Besides, General Secretary Kushal Das, Senior Vice-President Subrata Dutta, Vice-Presidents Shrinivas V. Dempo, Larsing Sawyan, K.M.I. Mather, Subhash Chopra and Treasurer Hardev Jadeja, other members also attended the meeting.
The AIFF said in a statement that the club will be allowed to return to the league but will have to forego all their points in the season. They have also been fined 2 Crore Indian rupees ($367,300). No official of the club will be allowed to attend any meeting of the AIFF for one year, the statement added.
The offensive behaviour of Bagan captain Odafa Okolie, during the fateful match, was also referred to the disciplinary committee for further action.
Other Highlights of the meeting
The International Friendly against Palestine on February 6 will be played in Cochin. The match was earlier scheduled to be played in Guwahati but had to be shifted out due to inappropriate ground condition.
The Committee decided to bid for two new clubs in the 2013/14 edition of the I-League.
The Committee besides approving the Calendar for 2013/14 also granted a window for a new tournament to be hosted by IMG-R during the period.
The U-20 I-League will kick-off in the first week of March and would be held in Jamshedpur at the facilities of the Tata Football Academy in association with the Jharkhand Football Association.
The 2nd division I-League would be held in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and will start after the Santosh Trophy gets over.