FC Goa’s Jorge Ortiz handed two-match ban for misconduct
The Spaniard pushed BFC’s Suresh Wangjam during their match on December 11.
FC Goa player Jorge Ortiz has been sentenced to a two-match suspension and a fine of ₹50,000 by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Disciplinary Committee. Ortiz was found guilty of ‘committing serious misconduct’ after being charged with ‘violent conduct’ in FC Goa’s 2021-22 Hero Indian Super League (ISL) game against Bengaluru FC on Saturday, December 11.
The player, in his defence, apologised and stated ‘there was no harm intended’ towards Bengaluru FC player Suresh Singh Wangjam, in his written reply to the Committee. The AIFF body called upon for an additional hearing and passed their verdict on Sunday, December 19.
Jorge Ortiz has already served his automatic one-match suspension as a result of his red card offence. The Spaniard will sit out FC Goa’s match against Odisha FC on Friday, December 24. He will be eligible for selection next against ATK Mohun Bagan on Wednesday, December 29.
ATK Mohun Bagan physiotherapist Luis Alfonso Redondo Martinez has also been fined by the Disciplinary Committee to the tune of ₹40,000. Charged with a similar offence and called upon for a hearing, Martinez has been given a ‘stern warning’ for his actions. No additional match suspensions were imposed by the Committee.
Earlier on December 11, Bengaluru FC were pushed near the bottom place as FC Goa handed the Blues a third consecutive defeat, emerging 2-1 winners ultimately. This was a second consecutive victory for the Gaurs in a match that saw two red cards and eight yellow cards. Afterwards, the Gaurs also held Hyderabad FC to a 1-1 draw.
In their next match, the Blues led by Marco Pezzaiuoli faced ATK Mohun Bagan on December 16. The match ended a 3-3 draw.