The All India Football Federation (AIFF) fined Kerala Blasters 4 crore for “walking off the pitch and thus forfeiting” their ISL eliminator against Bengaluru FC on 3 March, 2023 at the Kanteerava stadium.
The Blasters have also been asked to issue a public apology for “this unsporting conduct of abandoning the match,” or the fine will be increased to 6 crore. Blasters head coach Ivan Vukomanovic has also received a 10-match ban/suspension from AIFF-hosted tournaments, as well as a 5 lakh fine.
Vukomanovic has also been ordered to make a public apology, or his fine will be increased to 10 lakhs. The order was issued by the AIFF Disciplinary Committee on Friday, March 31st, in accordance with Article 9.1.2 of the AIFF disciplinary code.
Both the Blasters and Vukomanovic have a week to comply with this order, but they have the option to appeal it.