AIFF appoints retired Supreme Court judge to resolve matters related to the Kolkata derby

Hearing on the issue is likely to commence on 24th December 2012 in Delhi, where AIFF and Mohun Bagan could put forth their case....

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has appointed Retd. Justice A.K Ganguly, former Judge, Supreme Court of India and Chairperson, West Bengal Human Rights Commission as an independent one man committee to look at and evaluate all the aspects that arose from or were related to the I-League game between East Bengal and Mohun  Bagan  on 9 December 2012 at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata including the consequential resultant effect in consonance with applicable I-League regulations 2012-13.

Justice A.K Ganguly would then give directions according to his findings and is likely to commence hearing on the issue from 24th December 2012 in New Delhi, where the two parties, Mohun Bagan and AIFF will be allowed to appear in the hearing through their respective legal representatives.

The situation to appoint a retired judge of such standing arose due to the violence that erupted during the Kolkata derby, which resulted in Syed Rahim Nabi getting injured due to a stone thrown by the crowd.

With East Bengal leading by a score-line of 1-0, the referee had sent off Odafa Okolie for dissent, leading to protests by the incensed fans, who hurled stones and other projectile towards the pitch.

According to AIFF's Clause 22, if a team withdraws in the middle of a match, it stands to be suspended from the I-League for the current season and the following two seasons unless it is dubbed a force majeure.

While a FIFA rule states that if a missile of any kind lands on the ground or if a player is injured, then a team has every right to walk off, in this case, Mohun Bagan played out the stoppage time in the first half after Nabi was hit.

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