A footage has emerged that sheds new light on the incident involving Chennaiyin FC captain and marquee player Elano Blumer and the FC Goa dugout after the ISL 2015 final.
The ISL 2015 final was marred by controversy when Elano was arrested and booked by Goa Police following a post-match fracas with the FC Goa contingent. However, the video obtained by NDTV contests claims that the Brazilian playmaker had assaulted FC Goa officials following the final.
The video shows Elano surrounded and visibly harassed by the FC Goa contingent, including coach Zico. Even after being assaulted and provoked, Elano doesn't retaliate and instead tries to run away from the scuffle. According to the NDTV report, a five-member ISL regulatory commission will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday (where they'll also employ the footage as evidence) to decide the punishment for FC Goa officials.
Chennaiyn FC's ISL win was overshadowed by the incident which saw an FIR registered against Elano for assaulting FC Goa officials during the alleged brawl near the dug-out and the tunnel area at Fatorda stadium in Goa after the ISL final. Chennaiyin had beaten FC Goa 3-2 at their home ground with two late goals in a thrilling final.
Sources had told Firstpost that there was a fight backstage after the full-time whistle and Elano had tried to pacify the situation. However, in doing so, he reportedly walked towards FC Goa's bench to which co-owner Dattaraj Salgaocar took offence. He asked Elano to get out of the area after which the former Manchester City playmaker allegedly pushed Salgaocar. Elano was arrested after the incident and was present at the police station. The Brazilian was later released on bail.
FC Goa, also displeased with the refereeing decisions in the final, boycotted the trophy presentation. Salgaocar had said after the incident said that Elano's "ungentlemanly behaviour" forced him to lodge complain with the Goa Police instead of referring the matter to the ISL disciplinary committee.
"When I questioned him, he (Elano) assaulted me without any reason," Dattaraj had said. "Had Elano apologised to me or the referee red carded him, we would not have reported the matter to the police. Since these things did not happen, we wanted to show the Brazilian that we Goans are not cowards and went ahead and reported the matter to the police. If the ISL disciplinary committee takes action against us, we are prepared to reply to them."
ISL had taken exception to the Goan club's 'unsporting' behaviour and had referred the matter to its disciplinary committee. Even the AIFF had issued a show cause notice to FC Goa, asking them to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against them for the fracas after their defeat.
In light of the video surfacing, many of FC Goa's claims seem dubious and it seems unlikely that Elano would want to come back to India to play football in the future.
Watch the video below:
Updated Date: May 02, 2016 17:24 PM