SC East Bengal on Wednesday refuted reports that CEO Shivaji Samaddar had missed the AIFF Appeals Committee hearing on his star forward Antonio Perosevic and thus allegedly missed an opportunity to reduce his five-match ban.
Parosevic was charged with “violent behavior towards a match official” in the 0-2 defeat of SC East Bengal against Northeast United FC in the Indian Super League on 17 December.
“We have been told earlier that Parosevic will not be able to get out of his five-match ban and the ban is likely to be extended. However, the committee decided to uphold the original judgment, “SC East Bengal said in a statement on Wednesday.
The statement claimed that, contrary to media reports, the management did not pursue the matter because of its nature and the risk of an increase in sanctions.
It is learned that Samaddar was briefly instructed to attend the meeting and did not receive any call from the committee.
“He missed the meeting but he got the mail around 5 pm and the meeting was scheduled for 7.30 pm. He tried to join as soon as he saw the mail but it was too late, the committee said, “a source familiar with the development told PTI.
A disciplinary committee meeting of the All India Football Federation was held on Monday after the player appealed against the ban but no one from the management was present at the meeting.