Arbitration Tribunal overrules GFA Committee’s decision against Vasco
Finally, Vasco Club managed to turn down the GFA Executive Committee’s decision, of suspending their player Mario and docking three points based on Cavelossim’s protest, following an order by the Arbitration Tribunal headed by Justice (retd) G Das Kamat.
Cavelossim had alleged that Vasco had fielded their player Mario, who was on loan to a Kolkata club, without seeking their transfer and instead seeking and obtaining an inter-state transfer in their Goa Pro league match which they had lost.
Following the protest, the Executive Committee ordered that the player in question be suspended and that all matches where the player was involved with Vasco Club be treated as defeats with a 0-3 margin. As such, three points were deducted from Vasco. Eventually, Vasco finished last in the Pro League and stood to be demoted to First Division in the next season.
Vasco went into an appeal with the Arbitration Tribunal which set aside the decision of the Executive Committee. A source indicated that nowhere in the present official competition rules it was stated that there was a need to obtain a transfer certificate or a NOC from the original club. “There is no clause in the Statutes to that effect,” added the official.
Even after Vasco getting back the three points, there will be no change in the placements with Vasco finishing last, and as such facing relegation.
Ultimately, it implies that the player is innocent and that he was wrongly suspended and penalized.
Subsequently, the GFA Executive Committee committed yet another blunder when they decided two Vasco players including Mario be allowed to play for the club in the forthcoming Second Division I-League, even when Mario was suspended for Goa Pro League, whose relegation zone fixtures are over. Such a decision was arrived at an extraordinary executive committee meeting, it is learnt, when actually there is no provision for such a type of meeting in the Statutes book. That apart, one reasoned out that it was not proper to decide on the matter which was being examined by the Arbitration Panel.
Irrespective of the Arbitration Panel’s verdict, Vasco Club observed that certain Pro League clubs whose members find a place in the Executive Committee managed to pull strings, weakening Vasco’s case while at the same time safeguarding their own interest. [H]