ISL 2020-21: Daniel Fox’s ban overturned; referee who issued red-card suspended for indefinite period

ISL 2020-21: East Bengal team management had lodged a complaint with the AIFF and FSDL against referee Rowan and it has also been confirmed now that referee A Rowan is suspended for an indefinite period of time, according to reports from Goal.

East Bengal had written an official complaint against the referee to FIFA and kept AIFF and FSDL (Football and Sports Development Limited) in the loop, for what they thought was a harsh decision to flash the English defender with a straight red for a foul on Alexander Romario in the 56th minute in the 1-1 draw against FC Goa last Wednesday.

ISL 2020-21: Daniel Fox cleared to play against Bengaluru FC

The Disciplinary Committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) overturned the red card awarded by referee Arumughan Rowan to East Bengal defender Daniel Fox.

Hence, Fox will be available for selection against Bengaluru on Wednesday, at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa. But coach Robbie Fowler remains suspended and will not be available in the dugout.

The second decision which the club had questioned was Bright Enobakhare’s cancelled goal in the same game. Surchandra Singh had made a run into the box to score past Mohammed Nawaz but the Gaurs custodian stopped the effort. The ball ricocheted into the path of Enobakhare who found the back of the net but it was disallowed as the referee deemed that Surchandra had committed a foul on the keeper.

However, there is no comment on the disallowed goal that East Bengal have appealed against.

The Kolkata giants had previously lodged a complaint against referee Rahul Kumar Gupta in their goalless draw against Jamshedpur back in December 2020 wherein Eugeneson Lyngdoh was sent off.