FSDL appeals to ISL Commission against 15 point deduction of FC Goa

New Delhi: With a 15 point deduction set to turn FC Goa's next ISL football campaign into an exercise in futility, the organisers Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) a joint venture between IMG-Reliance and Star India, has appealed to members of Regulatory Commission reconsider their decision.

If FC Goa starts with a points tally of minus 15, it would effectively mean a seven team league as Zico coached team will practically not have any chance of making to knock-out stage even if they win all 14 matches.

File photo of the FC Goa players. News18

File photo of the FC Goa players. News18

"FSDL feels that it would be uncompetitive for the team to start their Hero ISL 2016 season with a negative 15 points and will undoubtedly affect the morale of the team as well as the fans," a press release from the organisers stated.

"Indian football fans and in particular of FC Goa, should not have to bear such a heavy burden, for no fault of theirs.

They have been very supportive of football, ISL and FC Goa, and the fans have been a good sport conducting themselves well in all matches held in Goa and turning out in large numbers to support ISL and football. FSDL believes that a relook at this aspect of the sanction is in the larger interest of football," it further quoted.

"FSDL, therefore has appealed to the Appeals Panel that the action of individual owners should not affect the fans of FC Goa, and all teams must compete on the field evenly."


Published Date: May 09, 2016 10:06 pm | Updated Date: May 09, 2016 10:06 pm


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