The All India Football Federation banned India’s iconic club Mohun Bagan on Saturday for two and a half years from the national football league for breaching tournament regulations as the Kolkata club refused to continue with their match against East Bengal on December 9 at the Salt Lake Stadium.
Mohun Bagan decided not to play in the second half of the Kolkata derby of the I-League against East Bengal after Mohun Bagan’s player Syed Rahim Nabi was injured after he was hit on his face by a stone hurled from the crowd at the Salt Lake stadium.
The I-League core committee met in Delhi and endorsed the report which was submitted by the one-man committee of A.K. Ganguly, a retired Supreme Court Judge.
Ganguly said Mohun Bagan’s decision not to play the Kolkata match after interval can’t be supported on the grounds of Force Majeure, and that the club had breached Regulation 22 of the I-League Regulation 2012-13.
According Regulation 22, Mohun Bagan will withdraw from this season, all its matches in the 2012-13 have been cancelled and considered null and void, they are also disqualified from taking part in the next two editions of the I-League, will return any financial stipends paid by the I-League for the 2012-13 season.
However, Mohun Bagan appealed to the AIFF on Monday for a review of its decision to suspend the club till 2015-16 season for abandoning the December 9 I-League derby against arch-rivals East Bengal at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan. Mohun Bagan’s media manager said, “We formally wrote to the AIFF this afternoon, making a plea for a review to the suspension order.”
Mohun Bagan’s Syed Rahim Nabi also drafted an emotional letter in which he stated that had he died during the game the club might not have been banned. The Kolkata club will use this as an appeal to convince the AIFF to reconsider the ban imposed upon the club.