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AIFF showcause and fine Md. Sp.

New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF), on Thursday, issued a show-cause notice to Mohammedan Sporting for violent behaviour of their fans during I-League matches.

The Calcutta club has also been slapped with a fine of Rs 80,000. Mohammedan Sporting coach Abdul Aziz Moshood has been fined Rs 10,000 for criticising the referee after Wednesday’s match against Bengaluru FC.

“The decision to fine the club and the coach was taken as per the code of conduct,” said a source in the federation.

“The showcause was issued because of repeated crowd violence during Mohammedan Sporting matches. Complaints were received from match commissioners from at least three previous matches,” he added.

The federation, which has asked Mohammedan Sporting to reply within a week, is believed to have taken a grim view of the situation and may send the matter to the disciplinary committee.

The charges levied on Mohammedan Sporting are their supporters pelted stones on the field as well as damaged the Salt Lake Stadium extensively during Wednesday’s match. If the charges are proved, the club may face stern action.

The AIFF, it is believed, is also not in a mood to review the performance of referee Ratheesh Kumar.

Mohammedan Sporting had alleged that Ratheesh denied them two penalties. Sources said the match commissioner Gulab Chauhan was satisfied with the Kerala referee’s performance.