Panaji: Indian Super League (ISL) side FC Goa, which was slapped a R11 crore fine and their co-owners Shrinivas Dempo and Dattaraj Salgaocar banned for two and three seasons respectively, has challenged the order of the tournament's regulatory commission.
Chennaiyin FC's Elano was alleged to be involved in a scuffle with FC Goa's owners
FC Goa has filed an appeal before the ISL Appeals Commission challenging the said order. On May 5, the ISL Regulatory Commission took the decisions after the conclusion of the hearings in Mumbai relating to the controversy surrounding the scuffle between Chennaiyin FC's Brazillian marquee player Elano Blumer and FC Goa officials after the ISL second season final in Margao in December last.
FC Goa kept out
As per the appeal copy, which in possession with PTI, no opportunity was given to cross examine any of the witnesses and no opportunity was afforded to FC Goa to present evidence as to what actually transpired on December 20 last year.
"The statement of the football legend, Arthur Antunes Coimbra (better known as Zico) as to what actually transpired on December 20 has been shut out and truth made a casualty," the club has claimed.
FC Goa, which won the first season of ISL, termed the order as "perverse, unlawful and in complete violation of principles of natural justice".