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AIFF acts strict

New Delhi: Pune FC, on Tuesday, moved to the top of the I-League table, courtesy the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) decision to deduct Salgaocar Club’s points for fielding two “ineligible” players.

For the first time in the history of I-League, a club has been docked points for this reason.

The AIFF disciplinary committee also decided to lift the life ban imposed on goalkeeper Naseem Akthar by Uttar Pradesh Football Sangh (UPSF), saying the custodian did not do anything unlawful to influence results.

According to sources, the AIFF has found the Goa club guilty of fielding two players — Australian defender Mathew Foschini and Fulgencio Cardozo — against Pune FC (Nov. 22) and Bangalore FC (Nov. 26) without completing the registration formalities.

The decision, however, has not hit Salgaocar too hard as they managed only one point from these matches when they drew against Pune.

As per the current ruling, Salgaocar would be considered beaten 0-3 in both encounters. However, the two extra points have come as a boost for Pune, who are now at the top of the table with 21 points from 10 matches. Bangalore FC are now in the second place with 21 points from 11 matches.