FC Goa will have to wait till next week to know their fate going into ISL 3 and that of two of their owners.
From early this week, sources in the league had said Kshitij Vyas, former chief justice of the Bombay High Court, who was also acting as the independent jury member of the ISL Appeals Panel, would announce his verdict before noon on Thursday. A little after 1.30pm on Thursday, the ISL issued a statement that said the verdict would be announced next week.
“FSDL (Football Sports Development Limited, the company which owns ISL) had appealed the decision of the ISL Disciplinary Commission to dock FC Goa’s 15 points for the 2016 season of Hero ISL. FSDL in its appeal had represented that the larger interest of the fans of FC Goa and the level playing field for all teams will be affected because of this and had requested the Appeals commission for a lenient view on the docking of points,” the statement said by way of providing background.
“FC Goa, on their part, had also appealed to the Appeals commissioner on the ban on their co-owners, the financial penalty in addition to the docking of points.”
FC Goa co-owners Dattaraj Salgacoar and Shrinivas Dempo have been banned for three and two years respectively by the commission. The franchise has also been fined R 11 crore for their actions after the final which included skipping the prize distribution ceremony.