Calcutta: The Indian Football Association (IFA) is playing with fire.
After the East Bengal-Mohun Bagan Derby was abandoned on Sunday due to crowd disturbance and chaos, the IFA chose against posting huge number of policemen at the Salt Lake Stadium on Wednesday, during Bagan’s clash with Bhowanipore. Instead, they relied on a private security agency, who had provided around 70 guards for the tie.
True, there were only around 700 people at the stadium, but then, there is no harm in taking precautions.
In fact, after Bagan conceded a ‘controversial’ goal before the half-time, some of the officials barged into the referees’ room, questioning referee Prabir Dhar’s decision. But a quick intervention by match commissioner Gopi Nath Pyne averted any mishaps.