FFSL Election – Sumathipala and three members rejected
Football Federation Sri Lanka’s (FFSL) presidential candidate, Dacshitha Sumathipala, and three of his team members faced a setback as they were rejected by a three-member Appeal Committee in a verdict issued yesterday. In contrast, ex-co member candidate and current Secretary of the Sri Lanka Schools Football Association, Nalaka Dissanayake, had his name cleared by the Appeal Committee.
Nonetheless, Sumathipala’s remaining nine-member team will proceed to the election as scheduled on September 29, following FIFA’s roadmap. The three-member Appeal Committee, comprising Chairman Senior Counsel Sarath Karunaratne,
Deputy Chairman State Counsel Hejaaz Hizbullah, and Member Attorney-at-Law Chamath Jayasekara, delivered a decision that sent ripples through the Sri Lanka football community.
They rejected the candidacies of Presidential Candidate Dacshitha Sumathipala, Vice Presidential Candidate TI Uduwara, Hashini Ariyaratne (Women Ex-co Member Candidate), and Nihal Perera (Ex-co Member Candidate).
“In consultation with FIFA and AFC, we are taking decisive action. We intend to pursue a solution to this issue through the Appeal Court or High Court,” stated Dacshitha Sumathipala.
“We will not allow this issue to disrupt the election or the recent lifting of the FFSL’s ban. Our team will proceed as planned, with nine members unaffected,” Sumathipala added, celebrating his 36th birthday on Sunday.
Following FIFA’s roadmap, it has been recommended to proceed with the existing Electoral Committee without appointing a new one. Although Sumathipala views the Appeal Committee’s decision as unjust, he expressed respect for their guidance and compliance with FIFA and AFC directives.
On Sunday, five members of Dacshitha Sumathipala’s team and eight members of Jaswar Umar’s party faced a rigorous examination before the three-member Appeal Committee from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM, awaiting their verdict, which was delivered on Monday.
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