Thinley Namgay

The Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) imposed fines and banned games for the two players and an official of Paro Rinpung  FC  for confronting the referee and match officials during the game against Thimphu City FC in the ongoing BoB Bhutan Premier League earlier this month in Paro.

BFF’s disciplinary committee made the decision yesterday.

BFF investigated the report submitted by the match officials regarding the behaviour of players and the manager.

As per the BFF, they were charged for using abusive language, threatening and manhandling, among others.

Two players were banned for four games and also fined Nu 15,000 each. The club’s manager was fined  Nu 10,000 and has been banned for two games.

According to BFF, two players deliberately assaulted the referee without harming him physically.

 The team manager was taken action for offensive language.

One of the players threatened to murder the referee if he sees him after the game.  The referee had given a red card to the player at that time.

The other one threatened the assistant referee and snatched the referee’s card and threw it.  He was also given a red card by the referee.

The atmosphere at the ground changed in the 23rd minute of the game when Thimphu City FC was awarded a penalty by the referee. Rinpung players confronted the referee stating that the decision was unfair.

A confrontation occurred between the players of Rinpung FC and the referee again in the 32nd minute of the game when the City’s Adrian Garcia headed and scored the goal.

Rinpung players claimed that Adrian Garcia was offside. The disagreement resulted in a red card for another Rinpung player.