AIFF Media Team
NEW DELHI: The AIFF Disciplinary Committee, which met on Monday, March 6, 2023, under chairperson Mr Vaibhav Gaggar, and has rejected the protest lodged by Kerala Balsters FC in connection with the Hero Indian Super League match against Bengaluru FC played on Friday March 3, 2023 at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru.
In its Protest, Kerala Blasters FC, who disputed a goal scored by Bengaluru FC off a free-kick, and which was declared legitimate by the referee, the club management said, “The Referee allowed a player from the BFC to take a free-kick without blowing a whistle.”
The Kerala Blasters also sought reliefs on two counts, saying, the match should be replayed and strict action should be taken against the said Referee.
After considering the Protest and going through the Laws of the Game as well as the reports by the officials, the Committee said that it is of the view that the “Protest is not maintainable in law, as the conjoint comprehensive and holistic reading of the League Rules and the Code clearly provides that no protest can be entertained against a Referee’s decisions, since the said decisions are final and binding.”
It further stated, “The facts of the present case depict that the incident does not even fall within the exception carved out in Article 70.5 of the Code. Thus, the present Protest letter/report/petition is dismissed.”