Football's the biggest loser as crowd trouble once again mars match proceedings, forces pause of the game for a short period of time...
In what maybe defined as callow acts of ineptitude, Mohammedan Sporting fans turned unruly during a match against Bhowanipore throwing water bottles and chunks of concrete, loosened from the stands, onto the pitch.
The objects of infractions missed their intended targets, but it did cause serious contemplation and angst amongst referees, who saw the offences as serious enough to recess the match for ten minutes.
Match Commissioner Sukriti Dutta refused to comment on the issue while opposition coaches launched tirades at the referee for the imposed interval.
What was shocking though was the inaptness of the police force stationed at the stadium who firstly, were short in number and secondly, chose to take no action to run the riot act over the unruly crowd and instead chose to hide themselves from view at a safe site or simply watched the stands go wild.
“We can only inform the police about the importance of the match. It is the police who decided on the security arrangements,” opined Utpal Ganguly, the Indian Football Association's (IFA) general secretary, to The Telegraph.
What is particularly painful to hear is that the Mohammedan Sporting management have called for an important meeting on Tuesday to best decide the course of action required after the incident. A Calcutta Football League (CFL) withdrawal is said to be one of the options being considered
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