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ISL 2021-22: After vandalising FC Goa training ground, restraining order now placed on Salvador do Mundo Panchayat

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ISL 2021-22: There was uproar in footballing circles after FC Goa’s training ground Salvador do Mundo Village Panchayat Ground was vandalized by members of the local panchayat in November. After assurances of police protection, FC Goa returned to their home base in the first week of December. And in further good news, a restraining order has been placed on the Salvador do Mundo Panchayat by the Principal District Judge, Panaji in regards to their activities on ground 1 (first team practice ground). Follow live updates on InsideSport.IN

ISL 2021-22: After vandalising FC Goa training ground, restraining order now placed on Salvador do Mundo Panchayat

Also read: ISL 2021-22: FC Goa to return to Salvador do Mundo after police protection assurance

And the club have now released a statement confirming the news.

The Panchayat had earlier this year indulged in an act of premeditated vandalism at the Salvador do Mundo Village Panchayat Ground when the football pitch was desecrated as the turf was dug up and later filled with concrete by the newly elected members of the Salvador do Mundo Panchayat. 

“In an order passed by the Principal District Judge, North Goa, dated 22-12-2021, the Panchayat has been “restrained for causing any further damage to ground 1 together with infrastructure”.

“The Panchayat has been given time till January 15, 2022 to reply to the matter,” the statement read.

FC Goa had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the village panchayat with the Goan club given access to use the facilities of the Salvador do Mundo Village Panchayat Ground for the upcoming three years. The FC Goa management had spent Rs 1 crore in refurbishing and maintenance of the ground.

Without giving any prior notice, the football pitch was invaded. Panchayat’s head Antonio Fernandes along with some of his men dug up the football pitch and filled it with concrete in order to erect a cricket pitch.
ISL 2021-22: After vandalising FC Goa training ground, restraining order now placed on Salvador do Mundo Panchayat
Following the act of vandalism, FC Goa had temporarily moved its first team activities away from the ground fearing a possible breach in bio-bubble protocols.
The Gaurs’ First Team returned to the Salvador Do Mundo Panchayat Ground in the first week of December after assurances of police protection were put in place should the need arise to protect against a bio bubble breach.
ISL 2021-22: After vandalising FC Goa training ground, restraining order now placed on Salvador do Mundo Panchayat
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