Bengaluru FC players and staff handed bans and fines

BFC defenders Jagdeep Singh and Harpreet Singh for six months and three months each, and imposed fines of Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively.

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BFC was also warned against a repeat-act in the future and instructed to keep its players and staff in check.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

The Bangalore District Football Association (BDFA), on Friday, handed out tough-looking bans and fines to Bengaluru FC (BFC) players and staff for the unsavoury incidents that unfolded after last Monday's match between FC Bengaluru United and BFC.

The disciplinary committee, that met on Friday, banned defenders Jagdeep Singh and Harpreet Singh for six months and three months each, and imposed fines of Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively. Assistant coach Rajan Mani was slapped with a six-month ban (fined Rs 15,000), while the club’s operations manager Satish Kumar suffered the most severe stricture, getting banned for 12 months and fined Rs 50,000.

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But curiously, BDFA couldn’t provide clarity on the tournaments and matches the ban will extend to and whether the punishment was applicable even at the National-level. The ban may become redundant if it is limited to the State, for BFC has just one inconsequential Super Division game left.

A BDFA official confirmed that action was taken after the referee’s report detailed the incidents along with names of the club personnel. BFC was also warned against a repeat-act in the future and instructed to keep its players and staff in check. The club can appeal the decision, but chose not to comment on its plan of action.