Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen has been banned by the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Disciplinary Committee for having used ‘derogatory statements’ against the federation.
This was after the Kolkata side’s triumph over Singapore’s Tampines Rovers in an Asian Champions League (ACL) play-off on January 27.
Bagan were to play an I-League away fixture against DSK Shivajians on January 30 before facing Chinese Super League (CLS) outfit Shandong Luneng on February 1. Sen mentioned that the AIFF was “sold out” for not having postponed their fixture against the Pune side in the I-League. Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood was asked to share his thoughts on Sen being banned for eight matches.
“Rules are there for a reason and sometimes we follow them, sometimes we don’t. It’s the same on the pitch, sometimes you get sent off, sometimes you don’t. You try to stay disciplined but sometimes you get frustrated and that’s why we all love the game,” he stated.
He also added ,“It’s not my place to say (whether the ban is harsh). If you ask me, I wish he got none. Because if we win the league, I don’t people to say we won because of his ban. I wish he hadn’t if you ask me but it’s down to his club to look at it. It is not my place to comment.”