FC Goa won their appeal against the harsh and unprecedented sanctions imposed on them by the Indian Super League (ISL) regulatory commission but lost two of its co-owners, Dattaraj Salgaocar and Shrinivas Dempo.A five-man ISL regulatory commission had docked FC Goa 15 points, fined them Rs 11 crore and suspended Dattaraj and Dempo for three and two years respectively for the boycott of the ISL final prize distribution ceremony. But the ISL Appeals Panel comprising of Justice Kshitij Vyas, former chief justice of the Bombay High Court, set aside the order and gave FC Goa the chance to start afresh.”In the facts and circumstances of the present case, the sanctions imposed are harsh and improper on the alleged misconduct, and therefore the order dated May 5, 2016 (by the regulatory commission) needs to be reconsidered,” Justice Vyas said. The ISL appeals panel, while setting aside the 15 points penalty, said the docking of points in the next ISL “prima facie appears to be very harsh and quite disproportionate to the alleged misconduct” and agreed with Football Sports Development Ltd -who also appealed against the points deduction -that such a sanction will have the effect of penalizing the players, fans and the game of football as a whole. The appeals panel also overturned the bans on Dattaraj Salgaocar and Shrinivas Dempo. “For the imposition of sanctions, such as a ban, a higher standard of proof is required and must be established,” he said in his order.Dattaraj and Chennaiyin FC captain Elano Blumer, who was arrested for alleged assault of the former, have mutually agreed to put to rest the discord between themselves and ‘bury the incident in the best interest of football’. Minutes after the ISL pronounced its order, and the AIFF appeals committee, as if on cue, also reduced the penalty from Rs 50 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.
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