India banned from hosting int'l tourneys

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

The Asian Football Confederation imposes a one-year ban on India hosting any international football tournaments after failing to provide a report on a mass braw

Kuala Lumpur:

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) today imposed a one-year ban on India hosting any international football tournaments after failing to provide a report on a mass brawl. AFC general secretary Peter Velappan said the body was "seriously upset" that Indian officials had not made a report on a punch-up between players from Kolkata's east bengal and Brazilian side Palmeiras. "Despite numerous reminders and time extensions, the AIFF (All India Football Federation) had yet to submit this report to the AFC," he told reporters. Players from both teams were involved in ugly skirmishes during the Indian Football Association Shield. The AIFF was also hit with a 5,000 dollar-fine, Velapppan said. Mohamed bin Hammam, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president, warned that the body would not tolerate violence and cheating in Asian football. "As we reward teams that are doing good for football, we also need to eliminate peole who misuse the law," he said. Hammam warned that AFC would come down harder in the future on those who commit wrongdoings or indulge in cheating. (AP)

Topics : Football
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