Kolkata: Mohun Bagan officials demanded a replay of Tollygunge match and until and unless IFA reschedules the match, the Green and Maroon brigade will not take any more part in the CFL.
Kolkata football further witnessed a chaotic match that raised finger over Maidan football teams’ obedience over refereeing. Mohun Bagan could not come out with three points leading a 1-1 draw against Tollygunge as the match was not completed.
The sixth match of Mohun Bagan in the CFL witnessed a rare chaos of Mohun supporters threatening match referees. Along with the supporters Mohun Bagan team management also protested against the decisions of referees to discard three goals. According to them the decisions taken by the linesmen of off-side to discard three goals, was totally unethical. In protest of this kind of refereeing Mohun Bagan decided to pull out their team from the rest of the CFL.
“We don’t want to play the match any more. if the replay is not given and we will write a letter to the IFA”, announced president Swapan Sadhan Bose when the chaos broke out two and half minutes ahead of the end of the match. “You all have seen what had happened in the match to forcibly make us lose points”, added Swapan Sadhan Bose.
The first goal of Mohun Bagan was scored by Daniel Bidemi at the beginning of the match. That was discarded by the referee as Bidemi was in the off-side position. Later in the 21st minute Prabir Das scored the lone goal for the team. Prabir coming from the right wing he placed the ball into the net dodging the goalkeeper. The ball slowly caught the net.
After the goal the match slowed down a little as Mohun Bagan players were getting stuck by thick mud. In the mean time Tollygunge came up to score for several times. In the second half another goal of Prabir Das was discarded claiming off-side. however, controversy has been raised over the decision of the linesman.
Tollygunge equalized the scoreline at 87th minute when Alfred Jaryan scored a very descent goal. That likely ended the hope of Mohun Bagan as supporters started fuming.
The match rolled for an added time of four minutes. The drama started when a goal of Azharuddin Mallick was cancelled by the referee on the one and half minutes of the added time.
After that whistle of the linesman, supporters started breaking fencing of the Mohun Bagan ground. the club officials also entered the field. Supporters started throwing bottles towards referees and Tollygunge players. Some supporters were seen taking selfies coming inside the ground. Police were also beat up with bricks following that chaos. At last the match was called off by match commissioner Udayan Halder due to poor law and order.
After the match, Anjan Mitra said, “We will write a letter to IFA to reschedule the match and until and unless IFA reschedules the match we won’t play any further matches.”
IFA secretary, Utpal Ganguly said, “We will not be in hurry to take any call. Let us first receive the letter from Mohun Bagan then we will collectively take a decision.”