Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen has been suspended for eight I-League matches and fined Rs 10 lakh by the AIFF for making derogatory statements against the national federation.
The suspension automatically rules out Sen from the rest of the I-League where defending champions Mohun Bagan, who have six games left to play, are on top of the standings with 22 points from 10 games.
Sen, who may yet appeal against the decision, had lashed out at the AIFF saying it has been "sold out" after his request for rescheduling of an I-League match in January was ignored by the apex football body.
"Mr. Sanjoy Sen, Head Coach, Mohun Bagan, is charged for making derogatory statements against AIFF. Sanjoy Sen, is suspended for 8 (eight) matches & a fine of Rs. 10 Lakhs is imposed on him as provided in Article 58 of the AIFF Disciplinary Code," the AIFF stated in a media announcement.
Besides, it has also suspended and fined Shillong Lajong's goalkeeping coach Gumpe Rime.
"Mr. Gumpe Rime, GK Coach of Shillong Lajong FC is suspended for 4 (four) matches & a fine of Rs. 30,000 is imposed on him as provided in Article 50-1-a & 58 of the AIFF Disciplinary Code, respectively for the use of abusive language against the referees decision," the governing body said.
The decisions were taken by the federation's disciplinary committee which met at the Football House in New Delhi on Thursday.
The ban is only for AIFF competitions meaning Sen could be on the touchline for Mohun Bagan’s AFC Cup games.
Sen, after overseeing his side's win in their first match of the AFC Champions League qualifiers against Tampines Rovers at home (January 27), wasn't keen to play an I-League match against DSK Shivajians (January 30). Sen's side had to fly out to China for their second qualifying round on February 2.
Sen had asked the AIFF to reschedule the match as he wanted his players to get much-needed rest. But the AIFF did not entertain the request made by Sen, which led him to lash out at the federation.
Following his outburst, a show cause notice was issued to the Mohun Bagan coach Sen by the AIFF. PTI