Kerala Blasters' demand for a replay against Bengaluru FC 'quashed'

Roy Krishna and Victor Mongil
Roy Krishna and Victor Mongil fight for possession. Photo: Twitter@IndSuperLeague

New Delhi: Kerala Blasters FC's demand for a replay of their controversial Indian Super League (ISL) play-off match against Bengaluru FC was on Monday "quashed" by the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) disciplinary committee.

Blasters had on Friday walked off the pitch and forfeited their match, protesting against a contentious Sunil Chhetri strike. They had filed a protest to the AIFF against referee Crystal John's decision to allow Chhetri take the free-kick that resulted in the goal.

"The protest filed by Kerala Blasters has been quashed," a source in the know of the development told PTI.

The Blues play against League Shield Winners Mumbai City FC in the first of a two-legged semifinal on Tuesday in Mumbai. The second match will be played on March 12 in Bengaluru.

After a goalless stalemate during regulation time at the Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru FC took a 97th-minute lead when the talismanic Chhetri converted a free-kick.

But the strike from the India captain led to a full-blown drama as the Adrian Luna-led side protested the referee's decision to declare it a legitimate goal, with counter-claims that he did not blow the whistle before Chhetri took the kick and the players were not ready.

This followed an unprecedented walk-out, a first in ISL history where Serbian coach Ivan Vukomanovic called back his players. Luna was seen taking off his captain's arm-band with his teammates following their skipper.

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