Sen’s suspension reduced to four games

Sen was, earlier, suspended for eight matches and slapped a fine of Rs. 10 lakh for making derogatory statements against the national federation.

Sanjoy Sen... some respite.   -  Sanjoy Ghosh

The All India Football Federation today reduced the eight-match suspension of Sanjoy Sen to four games after the Mohun Bagan coach tendered an unconditional apology to the apex body.

Sen was, earlier in March, suspended for eight matches and slapped a fine of Rs. 10 lakh for making derogatory statements against the national federation.

The chief coach had lashed out at the AIFF saying it has been “sold out” after his request for rescheduling of an I-League match in January was ignored by the AIFF.

“In view of the unconditional apology tendered by Mr. Sanjoy Sen both verbally and in form of an affidavit in addition to his undertaking that such incidents will not happen in future, the AIFF Appeals Committee which met at Football House on March 31, 2106, unanimously decided to reduce the penalty of suspension from eight matches to four matches to be served consecutively,” the AIFF said in a statement after a meeting of its Appeal’s Committee.

It added, “At the same time, the amount of fine has been reduced to Rs. 5 lakh instead of Rs. 10 lakh and it is to be deposited within 15 days from the date of communication.”

Furthermore, on the issue of FC Goa’s fine of Rs. 50 lakh, the committee felt that it needs further clarification on the “issue of double jeopardy and jurisdiction of ISL” over this matter.

Two days after taking action Sen, the AIFF Disciplinary Committee slapped a fine of Rs. 50 lakh on FC Goa for not attending the post match presentation ceremony of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) final on December 20, 2015.

The case is now deferred for hearing to a later date. However, the committee has requested both the AIFF and the ISL to maintain status quo in the matter of hearing of the proceeding.