Calcutta: No team won, but the game once again was the loser.
Around 7,000 Mohammedan Sporting fans protested the referee’s decisions by throwing water bottles and concrete chunks from the gallery during the match versus Bhowanipore. Luckily, the ‘missiles’ missed the targets but were threatening enough for the officials to stop the match for 10 minutes.
As the rival coaches were engaged is slamming the referee, match commissioner Sukriti Dutta took refuge in the rule-book to declare that he wouldn’t comment on the issue.
That there were not enough policemen at the ground to tackle the crisis was evident as the ‘saviours’ were either busy searching a safe shelter or stood helplessly looking at the unruly crowd.
Utpal Ganguli, the IFA secretary, said they didn’t have any role in the police deployment. “We can only inform the police about the importance of the match… It is police who decided on the security arrangements,” Ganguli said.
Meanwhile, Mohammedan Sporting were so upset with the result that they have decided to have a meeting on Tuesday to decide their course of action. Obviously, pulling out of the CFL is one of the options.