Mohun Bagan president Swapan Sadhan Bose makes sexist remark to hail CFL win

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The former Rajya Sabha MP compared the happiness of Mohun Bagan winning the CFL title to 'a son being born'...

While Mohun Bagan celebrated its 2018 Calcutta Football League (CFL) triumph with a game in hand, club president Swapan Sadhan Bose's comments during half-time on Wednesday have left a sour taste in the mouth of fans of the club and Indian football alike.

Mohun Bagan already lead 2-0 over Calcutta Customs at the break and the result as it stood meant the  Mariners  would go onto win their 30th CFL title, their first since 2009.

During the half-time program on broadcaster  Sadhna News,  the presenter asked Bose how it felt inevitably being the CFL champions after so long, putting an end to arch-rival East Bengal's monopoly for the last eight seasons.

"Daughters were being born for the last seven years, suddenly a son has been born. How would you like it if that was the case with you? I have the same feeling," giggled Bose, who is fondly known as 'Tutu'.

That septuagenarian's bigoted comments were followed by laughs in agreement by the people who surrounded him and the presenter himself chuckled on the chauvinistic reply to his question out of awkwardness.

While this could be termed as the first recorded case of sexism in Indian football, the administrator's narrow-mindedness has left fan's opinions divided while celebrating their team's win.

Interestingly, Mohun Bagan club members go onto vote to elect their executive committee this month and Bose and his camp are one of the belligerents.

It remains to be seen if his opponents, the Mitra faction, led by Sohini Mitra Chaubey, a woman herself uses this against him.

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