The one-year ban on hosting of international tournaments in India will only apply to international tournaments organised by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has clarified.
The ban imposed after AIFF failed to submit a report on a brawl in a match involving East Bengal and Palmeiras last year will not include tournaments held by the international football body, FIFA or its Asian arm — the AFC.
The All-India Football Federation (AIFF), which was also fined 3,400 pounds, has appealed for a review of the decision taken by AFC at its executive committee meeting.
The final of the IFA Shield in Kolkata between Palmeiras, a visiting Brazilian team and the local East Bengal side was abandoned 35 minutes into the match after fighting broke out between the players.
The Brazilian team declared themselves the winners and flew home the next day with a trophy bought from a local market.
Two days later the tournament committee members declared East Bengal the winners after disqualifying Palmeiras for starting the brawl.
The AFC’s clarification means that the Indian Football Association, which is affiliated to AIFF and hosts the IFA Shield every year, will be barred from bringing foreign teams for the next edition of the meet if it is held within the one-year period.
The players of both the teams were involved in ugly skirmishes during the final of the IFA Shield in Kolkata last year. The match was abandoned and the Indian Football Association declared the local outfit as winners and charged the Brazilian side with “misconduct on the ground.”
Palmeiras had filed a complain with FIFA and AFC asking for intervention.
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