It has come to the attention of Indian Super League newcomers SC East Bengal that there is a media report from the Press Trust of India that suggests that East Bengal had made a ‘review plea’ or request to the Chairman of the All India Football Federation’s disciplinary committee, Mr. Ushanath Banerjee, in relation to SC East Bengal’s head coach Mr. Robert Fowler’s four-match suspension and Rs 5 lakh fine. The report goes on to state that such request was then turned down by Mr. Banerjee.
SC East Bengal would like to clarify that at no point was any official or authorized request made by it in such regard and therefore there is no question of an official review having been resorted to by SC East Bengal. SC East Bengal is in receipt of the AIFF Disciplinary Committee’s order and is assessing its options under the AIFF’s Disciplinary Code.
As the official statement of the AIFF clearly clarifies, the main charge made out against Mr. Fowler relates to the fine and/or match suspension that may be applicable to any person engaging in public criticism or making any adverse comment (such as about the integrity of a person) in media, press conferences etc. anytime against a Match Official. The AIFF order also specifically clarifies that none of Mr. Fowler’s comments were racist and therefore any media reports to the contrary should be rejected.