Chennaiyin FC’s marquee footballer Elano Blumer was arrested on charges of assaulting an FC Goa owner but granted bail on Monday, hours after winning the second edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) title. He left the Margao Police Station only around 2:35am for the team hotel in Cavelossim some 21km from there.
Elano reached the hotel around 3am and was whisked away in a golf cart from the main gate. He is expected to leave for Chennai by a red-eye flight on Monday. Top officials of the league and the team were at the police station all through the three-odd hours he spent at the police station. Also with him was Eder Fernandes, who is also Brazilian and was perhaps there to interpret. Elano will be allowed to leave the country for now, according to his lawyer Rajeev Gomes.
Chennaiyin FC are expected to issue a statement at a media conference in Chennai later on Monday.
It was learnt that the former Brazil footballer was arrested under IPC 323, 341 and 504 that deal with voluntarily causing hurt, wrongful restraint and intentional insult to provoke breach of peace. According to the court order, a copy of which is with HT, the bail was granted on furnishing a bond that was to the satisfaction of the Integrity Officer.
Soon after winning the second edition of the ISL at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Fatorda near here on Sunday, a complaint of assault was lodged against the player.
Elano had apparently gone to calm a Brazilian staff member of FC Goa’s technical team near their dugout after beating FC Goa 3-2 on Sunday. It wasn’t clear what happened but Elano found himself surrounded by FC Goa players and staff. The FC Goa owners too were there and one of them complained to the police that Elano hit him.
Elano was seen moving away from the FC Goa bench. It couldn’t be confirmed whether he was directly taken to the police station or asked to go there from the team hotel.
Chennaiyin FC are scheduled to leave in batches for Chennai on Monday. Coach Marco Materazzi though left for Italy around 1 am.
Earlier Materazzi’s team scored twice in the 90th minute to snatch a pulsating 3-2 victory over FC Goa to win the championship.
Colombian striker John Stiven Mendoza compensated for his missed penalty to score in the 90th minute and claim the victory in a fluctuating contest at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. He also became the highest goal-scorer of the eight-team football tournament with 12 goals.