Elano arrested in assault case, released on bail

Panaji, Dec 21 (IANS) In a late development, Chennaiyin FC’s marquee player Elano Blumer was arrested and subsequently released on bail, for allegedly assaulting FC Goa co-owner Dattaraj Salgaocar after the Indian Super League (ISL) final.

Elano, who was booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 504 (intentional insult with intent to cause breach of peace) late Sunday night, was arrested post midnight, police said.

The complaint filed by Salgaocar at Margao police station on Sunday said that the former Brazil international assaulted him after the presentation ceremony at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Fatorda, 35 km from Panaji.

Speaking to IANS, Elano’s lawyer Rajeev Gomes, however, claimed that “the case was false and that it had damaged the reputation of Goa and FC Goa”.

“This episode will send ripples of terror among foreign players. The defeat should have been taken sportingly by the team owners, just as the fans of FC Goa have,” Gomes said.

In a close-fought encounter on Sunday, the Goa team lost 3-2 to the Chennai-based outfit.

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