Louis Fernandes’s temper has cost him dear.
Seventeen days after dna carried a report headlined ‘Mind your language, coach’, the executive committee of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) banned the St Lawrence (Borivli) official for a year.
Fernandes, who was accused of abusing his own players from the touchline and rival coaches while he was officiating in Division I football matches, will not be allowed to take part in the 2014-15 season.
This paper had, in its edition dated August 4, exposed the hot-tempered coach-referee.
MSSA president Fr Jude Rodrigues chaired the executive committee meeting on Wednesday. Fernandes is believed to have submitted an explanation which was duly reviewed by Fr Rodrigues and the others.
“Louis Fernandes has been suspended for an academic year. He has been barred from any coaching or refereeing role for the stated tenure. This is a decision taken by the executive committee members of the MSSA. Such behaviour can’t be tolerated,” Fr Rodrigues said. “One has to realise that this is a tournament for kids. And there is a way to tell them that they aren’t doing well. You can’t just abuse them,” he added.
Fernandes has been around for a long time, but the executive committee was in no mood to condone the veteran coach-referee. “Yes, he’s a very experienced coach and referee. Shouldn’t he then be calm and composed? We wanted to make an example of him,” Fr Rodrigues said.
After the August 4 incident, St Lawrence replaced Fernandes with Shamshy Raza. In fact, the move worked wonders. The Borivli outfit won their first game of the tournament under the new coach.