AIFF's disciplinary committee has handed three-match bans to Indian Super League sides Chennaiyin’s Mailson Alves and Jamshedpur’s Carlos Calvo whereas Kerala Blasters' Zakeer Mundampara has been banned for six long months.
Goal report that Mundampara was charged with violent conduct against referee Umesh Bora in the final match of Indian Super League (ISL) 2018/19 season before the winter break against Mumbai City FC on December 16.
Zakeer was finally shown the red card by the referee for his tackle on the Islanders' superstar Rafael Bastos in the centre of the field. As Bora showed him the red card, a furious Mundampara picked the ball and threw it on the referee’s face in an aggressive manner.
The condition in which the Blasters are in, at the moment, this ban comes as a huge blow to their chances of revival in the league this season.
Jamshedpur FC’s Carlos Calvo and Chennaiyin FC skipper Mailson Alves have also been handed three-match bans each in addition to a fine. While Calvo was accused of allegedly passing a racist remark in a match against Delhi Dynamos, Mailson was charged with elbowing a Delhi Dynamos player after getting into a scuffle.
Subsequently, Alves will miss Chennaiyin's upcoming games against NorthEast United, FC Pune City, and Bengaluru FC while Calvo will be unavailable for Jamshedpur FC against ATK, Mumbai City, and FC Pune City.
This season, the AIFF's disciplinary committee has been overly active in handing out suspensions and bans which would usually be ignored in the past. Earlier, NorthEast United goalkeeper TP Rehenesh was also banned for three games after the cameras caught him punching an opposition player inside the penalty box.
Kerala resume their ISL duty as they host ATK when the ISL returns on January 25.