East Bengal condemned the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) verdict to revoke the ban on Mohun Bagan and blasted their whimsical attitude for having arrived at such a decision.
"I want to know what had happened. I doubt and feel that there must be some under-table dealings. It's very sad yet true that Indian football is going to the nadir under the current dispensation of the AIFF,” Kalyan Majumdar, the East Bengal general secretary was quoted saying.
With former Supreme Court judge A,K.Ganguly, who was appointed by the AIFF president Praful Patel, coming to a conclusion that the decision of Mohun Bagan to not turn up for the second half action in the high profile Kolkata derby last month at the Salt Lake Stadium was not a case a force majeure, the Mariners were handed a two-year ban by the I-League Core Committee, of which East Bengal were a part of, for having breached Section 22 of the regulations. The Mariners stated that the security at the stadium, which was the responsibility of East Bengal as the home side, was inadequate after Syed Rahim Nabi was struck by a missile from the stands.
However following an appeal to the AIFF Executive Committee, it was unanimously decided that the ban on Mohun Bagan was rescinded and instead a fine of rupees two crores was levied.
"Where was the justice? The verdict by honourable former Supreme Court justice Ganguly has been thrown aside. We all know that the ban was given under the Clause 22 (a) of the AIFF, but now we want to know under which provision this has been waived. I want to know the rule and the clause,” questioned Majumdar.
"Lifting the ban means Mohun Bagan have been exonerated. We will raise this issue vociferously but the point is whether it would be heard or fall on deaf ears," he added.
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