Bangalore: In a recent development, Indian football team coach Igor Stimac has been handed a two-match ban and fined USD 500 for a red card offence during the match against Kuwait in the SAFF Championship. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) confirmed the penalty imposed on Stimac, stating that this was his second red card offence in the tournament.
Stimac’s disciplinary infraction occurred during the match against Kuwait, leading to his expulsion from the sidelines. As a result, he has been banned for two matches and will have to pay a fine of USD 500. It is worth noting that Stimac had previously committed a red card offence during India’s campaign opener against Pakistan.
The ban means that Stimac will not be able to lead the Indian team from the touchline in their upcoming matches. This penalty comes as a setback for both the coach and the team as they approach the crucial stages of the SAFF Championship.
Despite the absence of their coach, the Indian football team will face Lebanon in the semi-final clash of the SAFF Championship. The match will test the team’s resilience and their ability to perform under pressure without their coach’s guidance from the sidelines.
In other news, the latest FIFA Men’s Rankings, released on Thursday, have brought positive news for Indian football. The Indian national team has risen by one place to 100 in the rankings, thanks to their recent success in the Intercontinental Cup. The team’s triumph in the tournament has contributed to their upward movement in the rankings, reflecting the progress and potential of Indian football on the global stage.