ISL 2023-24: Big blow for MSBG as AIFF suspends Armando Sadiku over disciplinary issues

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Armando Sadiku, the forward player for Mohun Bagan Super Giant, has found himself in a precarious situation. The All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) disciplinary committee has handed him a suspension of two matches, with an additional suspended sentence of another two games.

Armando Sadiku’s offence

Sadiku was found guilty of violating Article 51 of the AIFF’s disciplinary code. This violation occurred during their Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 semi-final first leg against Odisha FC, played on April 23, 2024, in Bhubaneshwar. He was accused of making offensive gestures in the technical area against a match official, following his second yellow card (automatic red) in the 67th minute of the match.

The suspension can be read in two parts:

  1. An immediate two-match suspension, including the automatic suspension received for two cautions in the match.
  2. The player has been put on a probationary period for two years. If found guilty of another offence during this period, the remaining two-match suspension will come into effect over and above the DC’s verdict of the latest offence at that time.

In addition to the suspension, Sadiku has also been sanctioned Rs 50,000 for his current recorded offence.

This suspension is a significant setback for Mohun Bagan Super Giant, as Sadiku is a key player in their squad. Mohun Bagan will face Mumbai City FC in the ISL final on May 4th after winning the ISL shield in the regular season. His absence in the all-important match could potentially affect the team’s performance and strategy

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