Manora lose appeal, relegated from Goa Pro League | Goa News


Panaji: The arbitration tribunal of the Goa Football Association has disposed of the appeal filed by Youth Club of Manora which sought to impugn the decision of the executive committee that voted to stick to relegation in the Goa Pro League.
Manora finished at the bottom of the ‘Relegation League’ and, according to competition rules, were to be relegated to the First Division.
The club, however, pointed at “purported violations” of the GFA Ethics Code and alleged that the executive committee members who are attached with Goa Pro League clubs were part of the decision resulting in their relegation.
Manora also sought ground of parity, pointing out that Sesa FA, who finished at the bottom of the league table in 2020-21, were retained in the Pro League by the sane executive committee.
The three-member arbitration panel led by Adv Francisco Tavora first heard Manora president Shrikant Sawant on November 14 and then sought submissions from GFA.
According to GFA, the executive committee met on May 12, 2022, where the issue of relegation was taken up.
“Nine of the 16 members who were present and eligible to vote insisted that the issue of relegation be taken to its logical conclusion as per the rules and regulations that were circulated before the start of the tournament. The majority of the members voted in favour of relegation,” the order of the tribunal notes.
After the meeting, the then GFA president Churchill Alemao decided to withhold relegation and keep it in abeyance.
On July 12, the executive committee “reiterated that relegation would stand,” while the All India Football Federation (AIFF) also said “non-relegation of teams from the league is an internal matter of GFA and any decision taken by GFA would have support and approval of the federation.”
In its submission before the arbitration tribunal, GFA said Manora accepted the draw without any protest and proceeded to participate in the Relegation League.
“Having knowingly accepted the rules and regulations for the season 2021-22 and having participated in the competition based on these rules, the appellant is estopped from denying the validity and binding effect of the said rules and attempt to escape its consequences.
“A feeble attempt was made to challenge the relegation decision on the ground of bias by urging that the committee members who decided the relegation issue were affiliated to professional clubs that participated in the league. There is no merit whatsoever in such a contention. To be eligible to contest elections to the executive committee, the candidate has also to be an officer bearer of an active member,” the order states.
As for Sesa FA’s retention in the Pro League, despite finishing at the bottom in 2021, GFA said since the league was played on single-leg basis at the height of the pandemic, and the club had challenged the decision after being docked six points for fielding an ineligible player, they “felt constrained” not to relegate Sesa.
“The decision of the executive committee of GFA dated 12.05.2022 imposing relegation on the Appellant (YC Manora) which is reiterated by its decision dated 12.07.2022, stands upheld, and consequently the Appellant club shall stand relegated to the First Division for the season 2022-23,” chairman Adv Francisco Tavora, along with Adv Anthony D’Silva and Adv Pritesh Shetty, said in the order.





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