Royal Wahingdoh FC hammered ONGC 4-1 in the final round match of the 2nd division I-League in Siliguri on Friday.
Royal Wahingdoh was tinged with controversy as four of their foreign players were on field in the second half.
Interestingly, no one took notice of the incident until it was brought into light by ONGC’s senior official Bibek Bhowmick.
Controversies have been taking many rounds in the I-League second division and Royal Wahingdoh is the latest entrant to the list as their win against ONGC has resulted in a major defeat.
The Royals brought on Perry S Kolie the fourth foreigner to replace Seityasen Singh into the second half injury time despite having Bekay Bawar, Chencho and Kareem Nurain in action. But the fourth official and the referee failed to take notice of the episode.
A complaint has been registered against the club with the AIFF as only three foreign players are allowed where as RWFC had a total of four in the second half.
RWFC Coach Carlton Chapman said that, “We mistakenly overlooked the fact that as per the rules, teams are not allowed to field four foreign players at the same time in a match”.
He added that, “The referee was also at fault. He should have pointed out that four foreign players are not permitted to be fielded”.
Chencho, however, scored twice and Jackiechand Singh and Kareem ‘O” Nurrain also found the back of the net taking RWFC to a 4-1 victory.
RWFC will be playing their next match against United Sikkim on March 19.
The Royals are second with seven points from three matches.