BY NISANTH V EASWAR Follow @Niktheblue94 on Twitter
Chekiyot Kizzkhakkeveetil Vineeth made the switch to Kerala Blasters in the summer after a successful three-year spell with the Bengaluru FC. He was recently caught in the middle of a fan war between the two sets of supporters - Manjappada and West Block Blues - when the latter bantered against Blasters as he watched a Bengaluru FC game from the West stand in Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore a few months ago.
The Kerala striker reacted to the incident later on social media in a positive manner. Kerala Blasters fans, however, were unhappy with what had happened. Looking back at the incident when he spoke exclusively to Goal, Vineeth says that such banter can lead to good things regarding fan culture in football.
Kerala Blasters welcome Bengaluru FC to Kochi on New Year's eve and the forward would love to score against his old team although he vows not to celebrate out of respect for a club which is close to his heart.
"I won't celebrate if I score against Bengaluru FC. I would like to score but I definitely wouldn't celebrate. Because I not only respect them, they are close to my heart. A celebration would be an insult," said Vineeth. "It is easy to say these things but you never know what is going to happen in that moment. I will try my maximum to not celebrate."
The Yellow Army are gearing up for the ISL opener against rivals ATK on November 17 and Vineeth is looking forward to getting three points over the team that defeated Kerala Blasters on penalties in last season's final.
"This time, the team is different. There are a lot of new players. The core of the team has changed. And as we practice together, the team is getting into shape."
"We [the players who were with the club last season] have tried our best to convey the emotions that we went through during last year's final. Only then they will get an idea of what a game against ATK really means. We are all waiting for November 17. We are happy that the first game is against ATK. We are starting from where we stopped."