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  Indian Super League tie  against FC Goa last week, landing Bengaluru in a spot of bother.

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

Gurpreet's punishment means BFC's goalkeeping options are running dry at the moment. Reserve-keeper Abhra Mondal injured his hamstring recently, ruling him out for 3-4 weeks while Lalthuammawia Ralte is nursing an  injury he suffered during the pre-season, making him unavailable for 4-6 weeks. Bengaluru, as such, have just one goalkeeper in Calvin Abhishek for at least the two upcoming games.

"It's a difficult situation to be in," said a BFC source. "We are working out the formalities. We are still unsure if we can name a replacement at this point of the season and have two goalkeepers going into Friday's game."

 


 

The decision to ban Gurpreet 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 23-year-old Calvin  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.

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

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