Australian legend of Jamshedpur FC Timothy Filiga Cahill is set to miss the first match of the Hero Indian Super League season 5 against Mumbai City FC as he carries forward his three-match ban which was imposed on him due to his celerity of violent conduct in a championship match against Fulham FC.
He caught up Ryan Fredricks neck by his elbow while representing Millwall at a championship match out of which the FA imposed a three-match ban on him. After that match, Millwall played against two teams and a game yet remains to fulfil his ban.
According to the rules of the FA, if a player picks up a match ban and terminates his contract to join a new league, the player is supposed to clear his match ban in the new league. A similar incident occurred when Nicolas Anelka joined Mumbai City FC back in 2014. He was enforced with a ban of 5 matches for performing an anti-Semitic gesture. After which, West Brom released the striker and he joined the ISL club Mumbai City FC where it was made sure by the FA that Anelka missed the first 5 matches in the inaugural season of the ISL.
After his agreement with Jamshedpur FC, Tim Cahill travelled with the team to play their pre-season match against Atletico Madrid ‘B’ side where they outperformed and registered an exuberant goal coming from Sergio Cidoncha to win the match by a scoreline of 1-0. As the season is set to start for the men of steel, their first fixture of the season is going to be very challenging as they miss out on two of their experienced players, Subrata Paul being the other one.