Bengaluru, December 5: Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been handed a two-match suspension and fine of Rs 3 lakhs with immediate effect for the Indian Super League 2017-18 season.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) disciplinary committee announced the decision on the breach of AIFF disciplinary code Article 49 (misconduct against opponents or person other than match officials), based on the referee's report of violent conduct by Gurpreet in BFC's away match against FC Goa on November 30 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa.
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Gurpreet took a swipe at FC Goa's Manuel Lanzarote in the 36th minute after making a save during a one-on-goal situation. Lanzarote, making the most of the situation, went down clutching his face with the referee having no option but to give Gurpreet the marching orders.
BFC went on to lose the game 3-4 and had to replace defender Rahul Bheke with goalkeeper Abhra Mondal after being reduced to 10 men.
"Gurpreet of Bengaluru FC is fined Rs 3 lakh and is suspended for two matches of Bengaluru FC, from the date of this decision. The amount should be deposited to All India Football Federation within 10 days from the date of communication of this decision and until such payment, the match suspension to continue, over and above 2 match suspension," the AIFF disciplinary committee's report reads.
Gurpreet will sit out for Bengaluru FC's two upcoming away games against NorthEast United FC (Friday, December 8, in Guwahati) and FC Pune City (Thursday, December 14, in Pune).
Source: ISL Media