Gangtok, 11 Sept:
Sikkim Football Association has initiated disciplinary action against four officials and players of Sikkim Aakraman Football Club following manhandling of the referee immediately after the match between Sikkim Police and Sikkim Aakraman FC on Tuesday in the ongoing SFA premier division league 2019.
SFA has imposed a ban on the coach, Shisil Karthak and players Kintup Lachungpa, Don Tshering Lepcha and Gyaltsen of Sikkim Aakraman FC for a period of one year. Sikkim Aakraman FC has also been banned for a period of one year along with a fine of Rs 30,000.
The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of Sikkim Football Association executive committee with members of League Organising Committee and Referee Board of SFA on Wednesday.
SFA president, Menla Ethenpa mentioned that the meeting deliberated on the complaint lodged by the referee Subash Tamang of SFA Referee Board against players and officials of Sikkim Aakraman who jointly assaulted him immediately after the match of ongoing SFA Premier Division League played on 10 September.
Mr Tamang has also lodged an FIR on the incident.
After discussions and listening to eye-witness accounts, the meeting felt that this was a serious offense and unanimously decided to take disciplinary action.
The meeting decided that Sikkim Aakraman FC has also violated all basic norms of ‘Play the Game in the Spirit of the Game’ therefore the club has also been banned for a period of one year along with a fine of Rs 30,000 as prescribed, SFA informs.
“Since the ban is being enforced with immediate effect, Sikkim Aakraman FC will not be allowed to play its remaining matches in the ongoing premier division Sikkim-league 2019. However, they are allowed to approach the Appeal Committee of SFA against the above decisions any time after 01 October 2019,” it is informed.
Sikkim Aakraman FC was leading Sikkim Premier Division League with 13 points from the five matches it has played thus far. It won its first four matches on the trot and drew the last against Sikkim Police after which the assault happened.