Indian Super League: Kolkata Striker Fikru, Manager Antonio Habas and Goa's Robert Pires Handed Bans

Kolkata striker Fikru Tefarra, who scored the first goal of the inaugural season of the Indian Super League, has been handed a two-match ban for allegedly headbutting FC Goa's Gregory Arnolin. Goa's marquee player Robert Pires and Kolkata manager Antonio Habas have been banned for two and four matches, respectively, for their alleged half-time tunnel bust-up.

updated: October 25, 2014 17:39 IST
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Fikru (in white) spiced up the ISL with a Zidane-style head-butt on Arnolin (R). (Image credit:

The beautiful game is showing its ugly side too. Rough tackles, tunnel bust-ups and some Zidane-style head-butting is 'spicing' up the inaugural Indian Super League football tournament. The man who scored the first goal of the tournament and one of the legends of the game are in the news for the wrong reasons.

Atletico de Kolkata striker Fikru Tefarra and FC Goa's French marquee player Robert Pires have been banned for two matches each while Kolkata manager Antonio Hasbas has been given a four-match suspension for disciplinary reasons. The Kolkata versus Goa match at Margao on October 23 has shown the volatile face of ISL.

Apart from the suspensions, all three have been fined Rs five lakh each by the AIFF's Disciplinary Committee for breach of Disciplinary Code related to Offensive Behaviour and Fairplay. The players and the coach can appeal within four days.

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