Derby violence: Mohun Bagan writes to AIFF

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 16:33 hrs

Apprehending punitive action like ban for one to three years for not playing from second half against East Bengal in the derby on Sunday, Mohun Bagan has shot a letter to the All India Football Federation (AIFF), requesting it to decide action after going through the letter.

Club´s secretary Anjan Mitra said they have written the letter by attaching a comprehensive report, to the AIFF with request to take a decision on the fate of Sunday´s match at Kolkata´s Salt Lake Stadium.

Mohun Bagan refused to field players in the second session after brick-batting grievously injured their midfielder Syed Rahim Nabi during an argument with referee Bishnu Chohan.

Chohan was surrounded by the players after he showed red card to Bagan captain Odafa Okolie for dissent in the 43rd minute.

After nearly six minutes disruption of play for stretchering Nabi to an ambulance and finally for a hospital the rivals played one minute for injury time play in the first half.

Bagan were trailing by a 42nd minute header from Harmonjot Singh Khabra of a Mehtab Hossain´s free kick.

However, Mohun Bagan refused to field players in the second half of I-League play citing law and order problem and rejected West Bengal sports minister Madan Mitra´s request to carry on play since some 100,000 spectators assembled the season´s first derby.

Match commissioner Gulab Chohan´s warning on Mohun Bagan to face ban, may be two years, if they do not resume play in the second half was also spurned.

The match commissioner after waiting forty-five minutes abandoned the match. Later a section of people agitated over abandonment of play fought a pitched battle injuring some dozen people.

A decision of AIFF is expected shortly after its disciplinary committee go though the match commissioner report and the referees reports separately.

However, it is unlikely that the century-old club, who first won the IFA Shield as an Indian club, would go unscathed this time.

The AIFF is having consultation with its counsels the impacts on Indian football if a stern action was pronounced or leave it with light punishment in the backdrop of huge rivalry of clubs for wining Indian League.

Meanwhile, Nabi, who had undergone a surgery for two fractured bones on his right cheek yesterday, is recovering. The player would be at least out of field for six weeks.

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