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Bengaluru FC and others disqualified from AIFF age-group tournaments

Bengaluru FC and others disqualified from AIFF age-group tournaments

Md Imtiaz

Published: 19 Jan 2018 3:27 AM GMT
Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Bengaluru FC along with two other clubs have been suspended from the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) age-group tournaments for fielding over-aged players. The AIFF Disciplinary Committee took the decision in a meeting at Dwarka House on Wednesday. Apart from Bengaluru FC, another Bengaluru-based I-League second division team, Ozone FC, and Jammu United FC have also been suspended. While defending Federation Cup champions Bengaluru FC was found guilty of tweaking with age in the U-13 Youth League, Ozone FC and Jammu United were found guilty in the U-15 Youth League. The AIFF's probe found that one player from the Bengaluru FC U-13 team was over-aged while Ozone FC U-15 team also had a player who was over-aged. Jammu United U-15 side had two players who did not satisfy the eligibility criteria.
Source: Deccand Herald Ankith P from Bengaluru FC U-13 team, Akash Chander Jadhav from Ozone FC U-15 team and Rohit Yadav and Shreyan Dev Singh from Jammu United U-15 team were the players suspended. The AIFF Disciplinary Committee has decided to ban the players in from participating in any AIFF-conducted tournament for 12 months, while the clubs have been disqualified from the tournaments, respectively. It is not the first instance that a major club has been found guilty of age fudging. Mohun Bagan's U-18 team was also banned last season from the U-18 Youth League for fielding an ineligible player.
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