Mumbai: FC Pune City found themselves under scrutiny for fielding more foreign players than allowed during their 0-5 drubbing at the hands of Mumbai City FC in their Indian Super League (ISL) match here.
FC Pune City coach Franco Colomba
Pune may now be penalised for apparent breach of league rules after they put in Colombian Omar Rodriguez in place of India's Mehrajuddin Wadoo in the 61st minute as the third substitution — a move which led to Pune fielding seven foreign players (Belardi, Cirillo, Katsouranis, Park, Rodriguez, Trezeguet, Dudu).
"ISL Regulatory Commission have recorded an apparent breach of its League Rule 9.1 by FC Pune City during the Match 6 played here on Saturday, 18th October 2014," the league organisers said in a statement.
"For FC Pune City, the third substitution at 61st minute of play resulted in fielding four (4) Indian players against the stipulated minimum of five (5)."
Six foreign players (and hence five Indian players) can be in the filed of play at any particular point of time in a match. "The ISL Regulatory Commission is reviewing the apparent breach of League Rule in this case and will make the announcement of its decision as soon as practicable," the media advisory said.