Suspended India players Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul Tuesday gave their statements to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, initiating the inquiry into their much-condemned comments on women that have split the Committee of Administrators (COA). Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been in the eye of a massive storm following their misogynistic comments on a popular TV show, Koffee With Karan. Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul talked about their relationships, crushes, favourite movies, actors and actresses. While Rahul kept a level head on his shoulders and chose his words very carefully while replying to Karan Johar’s questions throughout the show, it was Hardik Pandya who boasted about hooking up with multiple women and even spoke about how open he is with his parents.It is learnt that both players deposed via telephone after having tendered unconditional apologies in reply to the fresh show cause notices issued by the BCCI.”The CEO spoke to them via telephone. However, his brief was simple as the inquiry initiator. He has to just collate whatever they have written in their show cause reply. He is expected to submit his report to CoA by tomorrow,” a BCCI official, privy to the development, told PTI.How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timelineHowever, it is learnt the CEO did not ask any questions on whether their agents pressurised them into attending such entertainment show and also speaking in the manner that they did.”Any investigative question is the purview of the ombudsman. Now the next phase will only happen if the SC appoints an ombudsman or an ad-hoc ombudsman is appointed,” he said.advertisementThe two players had spoken about hooking up with multiple women and being casual about it even with their parents on ‘Koffee with Karan’, triggering an online storm.COA chief Vinod Rai recommended a two-match ban on the duo but his colleague Diana Edulji took the matter to the BCCI legal cell, which refused to call the players’ actions a violation of the code of conduct and recommended the appointment of an ombudsman.The BCCI office-bearers seconded Edulji and even went to the extent of demanding a Special General Meeting to discuss the matter. Rai, on the other hand, has cautioned against going too far.In an e-mail to Edulji, he has stated that the “BCCI is not in the business of ending young careers.”Also Read | Hardik Pandya loses Khar Gymkhana honorary membership for Koffee with Karan controversyAlso Read | We all make mistakes: Former umpire Simon Taufel on Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul controversyAlso Read | Won’t travel in same bus as Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: Harbhajan Singh
Brighton and Hove Albion 3 Coventry City 1: Locadia, Ulloa lead Seagulls to quarter-finals Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 01:09 2/18/18 Getty Images Brighton and Hove Albion are into the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1986 following a routine win over Coventry City. Jurgen Locadia’s debut goal helped Brighton and Hove Albion ease past Coventry City 3-1 and into the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.A club-record signing in January, Locadia opened his account in the 15th minute at the Amex Stadium as the Seagulls made light work of fourth-tier opposition with a Premier League scalp to their name this season after beating Stoke City.Connor Goldson headed in prior to half-time before Leonardo Ulloa put the seal on victory with the first goal of his second spell at the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Jonson Clarke-Harris snatched a late consolation for the League Two side but they never truly threatened to deny Chris Hughton’s men a fourth match unbeaten in all competitions.The lowest-ranked club in the fifth round, Coventry received an early reminder of the task at hand as Locadia hit the post inside five minutes, but the Sky Blues were game opposition and Clarke-Harris headed Jordan Shipley’s corner against the crossbar.But Locadia did not need a second invitation to make the breakthrough, burying Anthony Knockaert’s low cross with an assured first-time finish.1 – Jürgen Locadia has scored on his Brighton debut, netting with his first shot on target for the Seagulls. Impact.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 17, 2018Goldson doubled the lead in the 34th minute, nodding in a Markus Suttner corner for his first competitive goal since April 2016.The visitors’ aerial struggles proved their undoing once more on the hour, Ulloa emphatically heading Bruno’s cross beyond Lee Burge.Clarke-Harris again tested the woodwork soon after before the striker eventually got on the scoresheet with a poacher’s finish late in proceedings, although Brighton went closest to restoring their three-goal cushion before full-time, Sam Baldock’s effort hitting the bar.1386 – Leonardo Ulloa has scored his first goal for Brighton since May 2014 against Nottingham Forest – 1386 days ago. Return. pic.twitter.com/vf97B0Qu7r— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 17, 2018KEY OPTA STATS- Brighton have only lost two of their last 16 FA Cup home games (W9 D5), with both defeats coming at the hands of Arsenal.- Coventry have won just once in their last 11 away FA Cup matches against top-flight opposition (D2 L8), losing the last four in a row.- The Sky Blues have lost four consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since December 2016.- Goldson has scored his first competitive goals since April 2016 versus QPR – 669 days ago.- Locadia has scored on his Brighton debut, netting with his first shot on target for the Seagulls.