Match ban on MMC officials


KATHMANDU, March 23: The disciplinary committee of the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has imposed a match ban on Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyangdi Club (MMC) coach Chhiring Lopsang and three other officials of the club on Tuesday for their irresponsible behavior in the ongoing domestic A division league.

Likewise, Sankata Kathmandu Mall Club manager Chandraman Tuladhar has also been slapped a one-match ban for his violent conduct in their match against Three Star Club on March 15.

Similarly, the committee has banned fourth official Hari Khatri for three matches after he was found unable to fulfill his responsibility properly in the match between Sankata and Three Star. Khatri will not be allowed to perform his duty in the next three matches.

According to a press release issued by ANFA, the behavior of those punished were irresponsible and against the spirit of the game.

MMC coach Lopsang had heavily criticized the referee´s decision in their match against Nepal Police Club on Saturday.

Other MMC officials who have been subjected to the ban are manger Kanchha Gurung, Bijay Shahi and Kumar Bhattarai. MMC officials, including president Tashi Ghale, had manhandled the referee and assistant referees expressing their dissatisfaction over the latter´s decision.

The ANFA committee has also warned MMC and its president not to engage in such acts further. At the post match conference, Lopsang had defended the act of the officials claiming that the referee was biased. The MMC fans had also vandalized the seats of the parapet.

None of the banned officials will be allowed to sit in the players´ box in the upcoming match against Army.

MMC president Ghale who attempted to manhandle the referee, however, was not punished. According to ANFA spokesperson Lalit Krishna Shrestha, Ghale was not involved in the manhandling. However, he had approached there to lodge a complaint against the referee.

“However, it was not the appropriate forum to complain against the referee,” Shrestha said, adding, “Ghale attempted to stop other officials from misbehaving with the referees, so he has only been given a warning letter not to engage in such acts in the future.”

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