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ISL 2021-22: FC Goa Lodge Formal Complaint Against Refereeing Standards in Two Matches

FC Goa had a goal ruled out against NorthEast United FC. (ISL)

FC Goa had a goal ruled out against NorthEast United FC. (ISL)

FC Goa have sought clarification on two major decisions that went against them during their ISL matches against Kerala Blasters and NorthEast United FC.

Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Goa have lodged a formal complaint with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Referees’ Department regarding the standard of refereeing in the top division and have sought clarification for certain decisions that were made during the club’s games against Kerala Blasters and NorthEast United on January 2, 2022 and January 14, 2022 respectively.

In their previous match against NorthEast United FC, FC Goa drew 1-1 but had a goal ruled out for a foul in the box even when there was no FC Goa player near the goalkeeper to make a foul.

“The club has sought clarity over several decisions over these two games, including the invalidation of a goal against NorthEast United in their last game which would have placed the team a goal ahead in the game with 10 minutes to play.

“The team has also sought clarity on the decision to not award the team a penalty v Kerala Blasters and instead yellow card Jorge Ortiz for simulation when clear contact was made and the player was impeded while attempting to get into a goal scoring position,” the club said in its statement.

Speaking on the matter, FC Goa’s Director of Football Ravi Puskur stated, “We’re pained and disappointed with the standard of refereeing that the team has been subjected to. We’ve held the referees in the highest esteem and have always accounted for a margin of error on tight calls. However, since the turn of the year, there have been two clear cut decisions in two different games that indicate the standard of decision making demonstrated was below the required and desired standards of professional football. It has clearly had an adverse effect on our points tally in the season so far and we owe it to our players, staff and our fans to seek an explanation on the same. We await to hear back on the response from the referees dept.”

FC Goa play SC East Bengal in their 12th match of the season today (Wednesday, January 19).

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first published:January 19, 2022, 13:40 IST