SC East Bengal Coach Fowler faces boycott, fine for alleged racist remarks
The ISL is standing out as truly newsworthy for some unacceptable reasons as East Bengal’s star English coach Robbie Fowler faces a base boycott of five matches and 6 lakh rupees fine for a supposed racist comment against officials after a match against FC Goa.
Frustrated after East Bengal’s 1-1 draw against a 10 man FC Goa in Margaon on January 29, Fowler had Purportedly said the refereeing was either “anti-English or anti-English Bengal.”
Video footage of the Englishman offering the comment couldn’t be surveyed as it has been erased from all stages.
On Tuesday, an ISL official told PTI said, “The match commissioner has taken a strong note of the incident and reported the matter to the disciplinary committee is going to take the decision after hearing Fowler’s version on Wednesday evening.”
He also added, “If he’s proven guilty, he’s liable for a minimum five-match ban and fine of 6 lakh rupees.”
On Tuesday, ISL side Odisha FC fired its lead trainer Stuart Baxter for offering a repulsive remark on assault to censure a refereeing choice after the group’s misfortune to Jamshedpur FC.
On Wednesday, The All Indian Football Federation’s (AIFF) disciplinary committee will make a decision after hearing Fowler’s version through video conferencing.
The Liverpool legend is being charged under Article 59.1 (a) of the AIFF disciplinary code that states: “Any individual who irritates the respect of n individual or gathering of people through contemptuous, discriminatory or denigratory words or actions concerning race, colour, language, religion or origin shall be suspended for at least five matches.
“Moreover, a stadium ban and a fine of at least 3,00,000 rupees shall be imposed. If the offender is an official, the fine shall be at least 6,00,000 rupees.
Concerning Fowler, he had communicated his dismay with refereeing time and again in this version of the alliance, which is his first.
The 45 years old had commented that the probably need a “bit of help” after they were denied at least two penalties in a 0-2 loss against North-East United FC in December.
Fowler had also been suspended for one match in the wake of accepting his second alert of the season, which forced him to miss their match against Bengaluru FC on January 9. Danny Fox was, nonetheless, permitted to play in the said game after the disciplinary panel upset a red card following a complaint by SCEB against the refereeing.