FC Goa player Jorge Ortiz has been handed a two-match suspension and fined Rs. 50,000 by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Disciplinary Committee on Monday.
Ortiz was found guilty of a serious violation after being charged with 'violent conduct' in FC Goa's Indian Super League (ISL) game against Bengaluru FC on Saturday. He had pushed a Bangaluru FC player when the ball was not in play during that match.
After the Committee's verdict, the player apologised in a written reply stating that "there was no harm intended" towards the opponent Suresh Singh Wangjam.
In defence, he also wrote, "Before my explosion in the game, I was fouled seven times within the space of 55 minutes. As you will notice, a fair few of the challenges have come into the back, while others have been fouls with no intention to win the ball but rather to stop me with body checks. Bengaluru FC's players were targeting and consistently fouling us and nothing is a better representation of this than the fact that seven yellow cards were handed out to them during the course of the game."
The Spaniard has already served an automatic one-match suspension as a result of his red-card offence. The Spaniard will sit out of FC Goa's match against Odisha FC on Friday (December 24). He will be eligible for selection next against ATK Mohun Bagan which falls on December 29.
ATK Mohun Bagan physiotherapist Luis Alfonso Redondo Martinez has also been fined Rs 40,000. Charged with a similar offence and called upon for a hearing, Martinez has been given a 'stern warning' for his actions. No additional match suspensions were imposed by the Committee.