ISL 2021: SC East Bengal’s Perosevic suspended for five games for violent behaviour

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    The All India Football Federation (AIFF) Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday handed SC East Bengal midfielder Antonio Perosevic a five-match suspension and a Rs 1 lakh fine for his “violent conduct towards a match official” during an Indian Super League encounter.

    About the Incident

    The incident happened during SC East Bengal’s match against NorthEast United FC here on December 17, when the Kolkata side lost 0-2.

    “In the terms of the decision passed by the Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday, Perosevic has been informed that a ‘repeat violation may be met with more severe punishment’,” the ISL said in a statement.

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    “The player and the club have 10 days should they wish to lodge an appeal.”

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    The 29-year-old Croatian has already completed his one-match compulsory ban and is available to play against Hyderabad FC on January 24.

    SC East Bengal are currently at the bottom of the ISL table, having lost four games and drawn four others. On Tuesday, after an eight-game losing skid, head coach Jose Manuel Diaz was fired midway through the season. Renedy Singh, a former India captain, and assistant coach has been named interim head coach of the team.

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    About the Croatian Player

    Perosevic began his professional career as a youth player at Osijek, where he had signed a scholarship deal in February 2010. On 13 May 2010, he made his first-team debut as a late substitution in a 2–0 win over Cibalia in the final round of the 2009–10 season.

    Perosevic made his first international move on August 30, 2017, when he joined Hungarian club Puskás Akadémia. He went to Al-Ittihad Kalba SC in the United Arab Emirates a year later. Perosevic moved to India on September 23, 2021, and signed with SC East Bengal of the Indian Super League. He made his senior international debut against Chile in a 1–1 international friendly on January 11, 2017.

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