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AIFF lets off Churchill Alemao with a warning

Last Updated: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 20:36

New Delhi: All India Football Federation has
shied away from taking disciplinary action against Churchill
Brothers patron Churchill Alemao who had criticised AIFF for
poor standard of refereeing in the country besides picking an
acrimonious spat with its General Secretary Alberto Colaco.

Alemao, who had questioned the authority of Colaco to
show cause him for his outburst on poor refereeing in the
country, was let off by AIFF Disciplinary Committee with a
warning after its meeting on April 20.

AIFF had served a show cause notice on Alemao for his
comments against match officials of the country a day before
his side`s AFC Cup match against Al Hilal of Yemen at Margao
on April 6.

The outspoken Alemao had said that some of the Indian
referees were inept in their job and favoured certain teams at
the cost of other sides.

Alemao did not reply but shot back a letter to Colaco,
with a copy to AIFF President Praful Patel, asking him under
what rules or article of constitution of the national
federation he was issuing the show cause.

Colaco, who was in Goa when Alemao made the comments
about the poor standard of refereeing in the country, had in
reaction apparently tore an invitation card given to him to
attend the AFC Cup match.

Alemao in his letter asked Colaco to explain why he tore
the invitation.

"The Committee felt that the statement of Mr Churchill
Alemao has done more harm to the cause of football and
referees than good. Though, Mr Alemao is a senior official but
unfortunately in the habit of making such remarks repeatedly,
he need to refrain from such acts in future failing which he
cannot escape disciplinary action," an AIFF statement said

The AIFF Disciplinary Committee also decided to suspend
Sporting Clube de Goa vice-president Ryan Valles for 12 months
besides imposing a penalty of Rs 2 lakh on him for attacking a
match official in his side`s round 13 I-League match against
East Bengal at Margao.

Goa Football Association was also fined Rs 50,000 for
"lack of security" in the stadium which led to the attack on
the referee.

The Indian Football Association, the West Bengal
governing body, was also handed a fine of Rs 75,000 for the
unruly behaviour of the spectators in two I-League matches at
Yuva Bharati Krirangan and Howrah Stadium.

Churchill goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya was also fined
Rs 50,000 for a fight with a spectator during his side`s
I-League match against Mohun Bagan at Barasat in January.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 20:36
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