The All India Football Federation‘s (AIFF) disciplinary committee have issued a four-match ban and a substantial fine of 5 Lakh against SC East Bengal head coach Robbie Fowler.
The Disciplinary Committee found Fowler guilty of breaching Article 50 of the disciplinary code.
East Bengal played against FC Goa on 29 January at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda. The match ended with a 1-1 draw. However, Fowler got into a verbal disagreement with the match officials and league organizers after their match against the Gaurs.
“Robbie Fowler has been guilty under Article 50, 58, 59.1(A) of the disciplinary code. He has been handed a four-match ban and a fine of INR 5 Lakhs. AIFF will monitor all his future conducts and in case of any discipline of whatsoever, he will be immediately provided with more stringent sanctions.” AIFF mentioned.
Article 50.4 of the AIFF Disciplinary Code mentions that any person engaging in public criticism or making any adverse comments in media, press conferences will be fined and suspended.
Earlier during their match against Bengaluru FC in the first phase, AIFF suspended Fowler. He received two yellow cards that resulted in a one-match ban.
East Bengal’ stance in this situation:
Although, East Bengal used their Twitter to publish a Club’s Statement stating that Fowler did not use any racist remark. The club has also distanced itself from the baseless report.
East Bengal have played 15 league fixtures this season. With only 5 matches left on the league stage. They managed to collect 13 points from 14 league fixtures and currently positioned at the 10th place of the league standing.
The Red and Gold Brigade will lock horns against Jamshedpur FC on 7 February at Fatorda Stadium.
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