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.