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'The referee was completely biased' - Mumbai Tigers coach Bimal Ghosh cries foul

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The Dodsal Group owned club hopes that the Referees' Committee reviews their appeal after the same was allegedly turned down by the match commissioner...

Mumbai Tigers FC weren't given a fair deal when referee Balasubramaniam ignored two penalty shouts of the Mumbai side and also booking one of their players, Demba Diakhate for having dived instead.

"The referee was completely biased in the last match we played against Bhawanipore FC on Monday. We were denied two clear cut penalties," Ghosh complained.

"One was a clear handball and the other was when Demba Diakhate brought down inside the box and instead of being awarded a penalty, the referee pulled a yellow card for Demba."

The Tigers' coach alleged that the match referee was favouring the opposition and the club had also lodged an official protest with the match commissioner A.K. Mamukoya. It must be noted that Diakhate shall miss the crucial tie against Mohammedan Sporting as he will serve a one-match suspension.

"We (Mumbai Tigers FC) have written to the AIFF (All India Football Federation) and the match commissioners, appealing against these decisions. Our protest has been turned down but the Referees’ Committee will be reviewing our appeal to revoke the card," the coach further explained. "We have complete faith on AIFF and the referees’ committee as we await the reply from them."

The Tigers also brought to light that the Senegalese striker was booked for simulation back in the qualifying phase as well in a match against Kalighat Milan Sangha.

                                            Pitroipa (in green) saw his card rescinded

It must be noted that cards are revoked as the FA have the right to overturn the decision of the referee, as was seen in the African Cup of Nations this year when Burkhina Faso's Jonathan Pitroipa was allowed to play in the finals against Nigeria despite having got a red card in the semi-final clash against Ghana for diving.

However, it must also be noted that Confederation of African Football (CAF) rescinded the French-born player's second yellow card only after the Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi acknowledged his mistake in the first place.

Mumbai Tigers are currently third on the table, with six points from four matches and two points below Bhawanipore FC, in Round 1 of the Final Phase of the ongoing I-League division II competition.

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