Gurpreet slapped with two-match ban

Gurpreet slapped with two-match ban

Bengaluru FC's goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been handed a two-match ban along with a fine of Rs three lakh for his conduct during the game against FC Goa last week.

The Indiam shot-stopper was shown a straight red card after he took a swing at FC Goa's Manuel Lanzarote in Bengaluru's 3-4 loss at the Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on November 30.

The decision to ban the custodian for two games was taken by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Disciplinary Committee. Based on the match official's report, the 25-year-old was found guilty of breaching the Article 49 of the AIFF Disciplinary Code related to misconduct against an opponent player.

"Mr Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Player (Jersey No 1) of Bengaluru FC is fined Rs 3,00,000 and is suspended for 2 (two) matches of Bengaluru FC, from the date of this decision," the disciplinary committee report said.

"The amount should be deposited to the All India Football Federation within 10 days from the date of communication of this decision and until such payment, the match suspension to continue, over and above the 2 match suspension."


The ban means Gurpreet will miss the Bengaluru's upcoming league engagements against NorthEast United FC (Friday) and FC Pune City (December 14).

Bengaluru's problem doesn't seem to end there. Their goalkeeping options seem to be running dry at the moment with Abhra Mondal injuring his hamstring recently and Lalthuammawia Ralte nursing an injury he suffered during the pre-season, making him unavailable for 4 to 6 weeks. This means, if things fail to improve Bengaluru will be left with just Calvin Abhishek for at least the two upcoming games.

Abhishek, the 23-year-old Bengalurean, has been the fourth-choice 'keeper at his home-city club and his biggest moment came when he made it to the Bengaluru bench for the 2016 AFC Cup final in Doha, after the then first-choice goalie Amrinder Singh was suspended for the final. Ralte had stood in goal in that game.

Calvin started his career at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) South Centre in Bengaluru before an exchange programme took him to Japan where he played for a university side.

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