IFA penalises six players

KOLKATA: The Indian Football Association penalised three players each from East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting with differing suspensions and fines for getting involved in on-field violence during their Kolkata Football League encounter on February 27.

The league sub-committee of the state governing body for the sport met for the second time inviting all the players it found involved in the free-for all that saw four of them — Alvitor D'Cunha, Uga Okpara (East Bengal), Eduardo Esacobar and Dipankar Roy (Mohammedan Sporting) — marched off the match in an unprecedented occurrence.

IFA imposed the heaviest sanctions on Alvito and Eduardo, the two players most involved in the fighting, banning them for three matches and fined each Rs. 50,000.

As a direct red card entails a two-match suspension, the two players will have to sit out the next five KFL premier division matches.

Okpara and Dipankar were given three-match suspension and a fine of Rs. 25,000 each.

Two other players — Amritpal Singh (Mohammedan Sporting) and Abhra Mondal (East Bengal) — who were found to be involved in the violence on video evidence analysed by the league sub-committee were given a one-match suspension and fined Rs. 10,000 each. — Principal Correspondent