Thinley Namgay 

The Druk Lhayul FC’s President, Thukten has appealed to the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) recently for suspending him for a year from the BoB Bhutan Premier League.

The BFF’s disciplinary committee decided to suspend him for his involvement in a physical assault during a game between Thimphu City FC and his club on September 18 at the Changlimithang stadium.

Besides the suspension, BFF also fined Thukten Nu 10,000 for the physical assault last month.   Lhayul’s player Dorji Khandu was also suspended by BFF for two games and fined Nu 5,000 for his violent conduct.

As per the BFF’s match commissioner report, Thukten went to the pitch without approval when the match referee sent out Jomoul Anthony Francois of Druk Lhayul FC and Karma Shedrup Tshering  of Thimphu City FC due to their violent action.

The report states that Thukten kicked the game’s fourth official in the right leg and tried to kick him again, but was stopped by the de-suups and officials.

Thukten refused to provide further details on why he appealed.

The report states that Thukten’s action let spectators throw bottles at officials and other staff on the ground which started the violence.

BFF’s media and marketing officer, Phuntsho Wangdi, said the BFF’s disciplinary committee is discussing Thukten’s appeal. “We are yet to decide on it.”

The incident between Lhayul and City happened  just four days after solving the disciplinary issues which occurred during the game between Paro Rinpung FC and Thimphu City FC.

Many questioned, on social media, regarding the professionalism of the referee, players and the responsibility of the spectators. People also demanded stringent rules from BFF for those misbehaving on the pitch.