It would be a shame to not have Mohun Bagan in the I-League - Larsing Ming

The Shillong Lajong FC general secretary believes that it would be huge loss for Indian football to not see Bagan as part of the I-League...

The Kolkata derby between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan didn't turn out to be a spectacle after the latter pulled out from the match after Syed Rahim Nabi was hit by a missile. Larsing Ming, who is likely to be the next vice-president of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), shared his thoughts on whether Bagan must be held accountable or not for not turning up in the second half.

"The Kolkata derby was exactly what Indian football needed, prior to the stone throwing incident, of course," Ming told "There were about a lakh people in the stadium. East Bengal were playing good football and always looking to score, which they finally did. It was unfortunate that that incident happened and subsequently Mohun Bagan not coming out."

United Sikkim FC 0-0 Shillong Lajong FC East Bengal - Mohun Bagan cancelled

"It's a very difficult situation, because if you look at it, a player (Nabi) did get injured. If that stone had gone a few inches higher, the injury could be worse than the broken jaw that he suffered. From one point of view, yes, possibly there was a threat to the Mohun Bagan players had they got on to the field, but that has to be ascertained by the people present there," Ming continued.

"As a lover of football, it would be a shame to not have Mohun Bagan in the national league for the next two years, but that's from a football lovers perspective. However, there are certain rules that may have been broken and if they have been found to have broken these rules, someone in the club has to pay for it. I don't know if the club or some people have to be held accountable for that fiasco," he concluded.

The Kolkata derby had it all

Larsing Ming was meanwhile left disappointed with the first North-east derby of the I-League given that the same ended in goalless stalemate, while the Kolkata derby was arguable full of drama.

"I think the North-east derby was a bit of a letdown in terms of the spectators point of view. Both sides did not really play football. From our point of view, the match ended in a draw - at least we (Lajong) did not lose," the Lajong official said.

"United Sikkim, barring that 10-1 loss against Prayag [United], have been faring pretty well so far in the league. Especially at home, they seem to be having a very good record," he went on to praise Lajong's North-east counterparts. "So statistically, a draw is not a bad result for us, though we would have hoped for a win. I think both teams were too scared to lose."

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