Chennaiyin FC head coach Marco Materazzi has been suspended for one match of Indian Super League football for “misconduct” during his side’s match against Kerala Blasters last week.
“Chennaiyin FC head coach Marco Materazzi is suspended for one match of Hero Indian Super League 2016 with immediate effect,” the ISL said in a statement.
“Materazzi was found guilty of ‘misconduct against opponents or persons other than match officials’ under AIFF Disciplinary Committee Article 49 C for his unsporting behaviour towards a team official of the opponent team after the Hero ISL 2016 Match 26 (29th October 2016 vs Kerala Blasters FC) at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai,” the statement added.
The match between Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters ended in a 0-0 draw. Following the end of the match, Materazzi got involved in a scuffle involving Chennaiyin’s Manuele Blasi and Kerala’s Kervens Belfort. Materazzi defended his actions post the match insisting his efforts were meant to pacify an agitated Belfort.
Chennaiyin FC’s next match is against Mumbai City FC, who are currently second in the table. Mumbai City FC have never beaten Chennaiyin in the ISL so far.