Chennaiyin FC head coach John Gregory has been suspended for three matches and has also been fined Rs 4 lakh for misconduct with match officials during the Indian Super League (ISL) season 4 fixture against Jamshedpur City FC.
The 63-year-old Englishman was shown his way to the stands during his side’s 1-0 win over Jamshedpur FC after a forceful protest against the match officials at the JRD Tata Sports Complex on December 28. The former Derby County manager was left furious with the referee’s decision of handing Jamshedpur FC a penalty soon after Jeje Lakpekhlua had put his side ahead from the spot.
A ban means Gregory will now miss Chennaiyin FC’s two home games against Delhi Dynamos and FC Pune City respectively. On the other hand, Gregory will also miss his side’s trip to Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati to face NorthEast United, who recently signed Avram Grant as their technical director.
.@ChennaiyinFC head coach John Gregory has been suspended for the next 3 matches and fined.
— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) January 6, 2018
The All India Football Federation, after an investigation, found Gregory guilty of breaching Article 50 for misconduct against match officials and Article 58 for offensive behavior and fair play. In an official statement, the AIFF said,
“All India Football Federation (AIFF) Disciplinary Committee found Chennaiyin coach Gregory in breach of Article 50 (misconduct against match officials) and Article 58 (offensive behaviour and fair play) for his offensive remarks to referee during Match # 33 of JFC Vs Chennaiyin FC at JRD Tata Sports Complex on 28th December 2018.”
This will be a huge blow for the Henrique Sereno-led team, as they are currently sitting second on the ISL log, level on points with the table toppers FC Pune City with a game in hand. Also, this is the second time this season that a head coach has earned a suspension. FC Pune City manager Ranko Popovic is right now serving his four-match ban after he criticized the match referee in his side’s 2-0 win over FC Goa.