NorthEast United files complaint with AIFF after Gallego injury

Without going into specific details, NorthEast United mentioned “the incident that left Gallego with a serious injury… and 19 other episodes of a similar playing style.”

Published : Mar 16, 2019 20:41 IST

Federico Gallego was stretchered off injured during the ISL semifinal second leg against Bengaluru FC in Bengaluru.
Federico Gallego was stretchered off injured during the ISL semifinal second leg against Bengaluru FC in Bengaluru.
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Federico Gallego was stretchered off injured during the ISL semifinal second leg against Bengaluru FC in Bengaluru.

NorthEast United FC revealed that it had filed a complaint with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) “citing the incident that left (Federico) Gallego with a serious injury.” In a statement issued by the Guwahati-based club it said that the complaint was prompted by the happenings on pitch during the second leg of its semifinal against Bengaluru FC in Bengaluru on March 11.

The ISL franchise sought to dispel "misinformation circulating in the media" by releasing the statement on the "nature of the game".

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Without going into specific details, NorthEast mentioned “the incident that left Gallego with a serious injury… and 19 other episodes of a similar playing style.” Insisting on a particular pattern of behaviour that led to the harm on Gallego, the statement said, “we experienced first-hand how that (playing style) resulted (in injury) to our midfielder.”

The statement added that the complaint is made with the “hope to protect other players who could be injured in the future”.

The statement added that Gallego from the hospital in Bengaluru and is currently undergoing treatment in Dubai. “He is expected to make a full recovery and we are looking forward to welcoming him back on the field.”

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