Kelzang Wangchuk | Samdrupjongkhar
The match between Panchali FC and Gomkora FC in the ongoing Samdrupjongkhar championship turned ugly when the referee’s decision to send off one of Panchali’s player was revoked during the game yesterday.
The player who was booked for a poor tackle was given a direct red after the assistant referee intervened. However, the match was momentarily stopped as match officials gathered to further discuss the incident.
Following the discussion the decision for a direct red card was revoked, which further worsened the situation on the pitch.
Match officials refused to comment.
Expectations were high from the game as many of the national players were involved. The incident however, irked most of the spectators who had gathered to witness the game.
“We came to watch the match as both the teams were equally strong but it turned out to be one of the worst match so far,” said one of the spectators.
As the match resumed after a brief haul, Panchali FC defeated Gomkora FC 3-1 booking a place in the semifinals of the tournament.
In an equally contested match, both the teams struggled to break the deadlock. Just before the first-half interval, Panchali’s striker Bikash Subba scored his first in the 41st minute. The second goal followed a minute later for Panchali.
Gomkora got back in the game with a goal from midfielder Kinga Peldan in the 76th minute. However, a third from striker Nima Tshering sealed the deal for Panchali FC.
The Samdrupjongkhar championship is one of the biggest tournaments organised in the dzongkhag so far. The winners will take home price money of Nu 300,000. The first and second runners-up will also receive Nu 200,000 and Nu 100,000 respectively.
The tournament which started on September 28 is organised by the Samdrupjongkhar Sports Association (SJSA) with the support from SD Eastern Bhutan Coal Company and SD Eastern Bhutan Ferro Silicon Private Limited.
Twenty-one teams including four from India are taking part in the tournament. The finals will be played on October 19.