The Mariners were barred from taking part in the I-League for two seasons after they were found guilty of violating I-League rules during the Kolkata Derby....Mohun Bagan's ban has rocked the footballing scene in India. The Mariners were charged of violating I-League rules during the Kolkata Derby on December 9, 2012 when they refused to take the field in the second half as they claimed that security at the stadium was compromised.
Violence from the crowd before half-time had seen Mohun Bagan's Syed Rahim Nabi being struck on the face by a missile thrown from the crowd. Nabi had drafted an emotional letter expressing his disappointment over the ban and also stated that had he died due to the injury, the club would not have been banned. The Mohun Bagan officials are reportedly planning on using Nabi's letter along with an appeal to try convincing the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to rescind its ban.
|Bagan's Syed Nabi drafted an emotional letter after the club was banned|
Mohun Bagan officials are hoping that federation supremo Praful Patel will take a more sympathetic view of the issue. Under AIFF rules, the President has the power to review or revise any decision under extraordinary circumstances.
Patel had skipped the I-League committee meeting in Delhi on Saturday, but it is unlikely that he was kept out of the loop."We’ll appeal to the federation for a review. All of us are aware of the situation that day at the Salt Lake Stadium. So we believe we shouldn’t just sit back and accept everything that has been meted out to us,” Mitra said on Sunday to The Telegraph.
Meanwhile, club sources of The Telegraph revealed that the training session on Monday has been cancelled and players, too, have been asked not to panic. "Officials have asked us not to panic. Everything will be sorted out," a senior Bagan player said.
A Bagan source informed that the club's sponsors are not too worried. "They are pretty much assured that better senses will prevail soon," the source said.
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