Court summons AIFF after Vasco suit

Panaji: Vasco Sports Club has filed a suit against the All India Football Federation (AIFF), Shillong Lajong Football Club and Goa Football Association (GFA) in a local court, seeking Shillong Lajong`s disqualification from the I-league that is to start on Saturday. The Judicial Magistrate First class(JMFC) in Vasco has served notices to AIFF, Shillong Lajong and Goa Football Association (GFA) in this regard.

Vasco has prayed that the AIFF disqualify Shillong Lajong from the I-League for fielding an ineligible player in the second division I-League qualifiers and instead replace them with Vasco. The court has summoned all AIFF, Shillong Lajong and Goa Football Association to appear in court in person, or through a pleader duly instructed and able to answer all material questions relating to the suit on October 20.

Vasco have contented in the appeal that shillong Lajong was found to have fielded an ineligible player Seikhohao Tuboi against them in the qualifiers, which Vasco lost 1-2 and they deserve to be awarded three points.

Article IV of the Second Division I-League regulations, point three states: any team fielding an ineligible player shall be scratched from the competition. The match shall be forfeited and the opponents shall be declared winners by a three goals difference and three points shall be awarded to them." "We have prayed that the match be allotted to us. The AIFF is free to go ahead with the I-League but without Shillong Lajong," a Vasco official source said.