SC East Bengal’s high-profile English coach Robbie Fowler, presently on a four-game suspension, may face additional bother as he was again show-caused by the AIFF on Monday on expenses of utilizing abusive language in opposition to rival gamers after his facet’s Indian Super League match final week.
Fowler was suspended for 4 matches and fined Rs 5 lakh by the All India Football Federation on February 3 after being discovered responsible of creating “insulting” remarks in opposition to Indian referees on the ongoing ISL, although the World Cupper had insisted there was nothing racist about his outburst.
Fowler is suspended until his facet’s penultimate league match on February 23 in opposition to NorthEast United FC.
The newest incident is said to a post-game altercation Fowler had with the gamers of Hyderabad FC on Friday final at Tilak Maidan Stadium at Vasco. The match, which Fowler watched from the stands, had resulted in a 1-1 draw.
“SC East Bengal Head Coach Robbie Fowler, who is currently on a four-game suspension, has once again been called upon by the AIFF’s Disciplinary Committee for use of abusive language (in a post-game altercation against Hyderabad FC players) in their Hero ISL match played on 12th February,” the ISL stated in an announcement.
“Fowler has now been reported of ‘hurling abuses towards the opponent team from the stands’ in the fresh case reported by the AIFF DC. He has time till 18th February to respond to the Show Cause Notice in his defence.”
While banning Fowler for four-matches, the disciplinary committee had directed the AIFF to “closely monitor the conduct and demeanour” of Englishman in all future video games. It had stated that even a single case of indiscipline by Fowler would lead to “major exemplary sanctions forthwith.”
In a separate case however pertaining to the identical recreation, SCEB assistant coach Tony Grant was additionally show-caused by the AIFF for “making derogatory comments against both match officials and Hyderabad FC head coach” within the post-match press convention.
“Grant is required to respond to AIFF by 2 pm, 17th February,” the ISL stated.
Fowler was within the dock for stating that he was “not sure whether the Referees have an Anti-English thing or Anti East Bengal thing” within the ISL being carried out in Goa. This was after his facet’s 1-1 draw in opposition to FC Goa in Margao on January 29.
“The Committee held such utterances and publications are gross inconceivable derogatory and contemptuous aspersions apart from blatant malice on the part of Mr Fowler and tends to offend the dignity, reputation and image of the Referees in India,” the disciplinary panel had stated.
The disciplinary committee had held that the feedback of Fowler have been meant to “impute by innuendos that the referees in India may be hostile toward British people and as such gave intentional unjust decisions against East Bengal.”
SC East Bengal are presently ninth within the 11-team standings and are just about out of the play-off race.