| Cavin Lobo (from left), coach Marcos Falopa, Alvito D’Cunha and Joaquim Abranches, on Thursday |
Calcutta: James Moga is disappointed after his team’s loss in the return leg of the AFC Cup semi-final. But it’s the attitude of East Bengal fans that pains him more.
Last Tuesday, a group of East Bengal supporters heckled Moga while he was about to leave the Salt Lake Stadium, with one of them hurling abuses and making gestures at him. Moga is so upset with the entire incident that he said he wouldn’t hesitate to shift to another club if such behaviour from fans continue.
“Football is a team game. Then why am I the only target and why are people hurling abuses only at me? I wasn’t the sole player out there in the middle,” a peeved Moga said after Thursday’s practice session at the club ground.
“Is this kind of behaviour simply because I’m a foreigner? There are quite a few Indians living in my country (South Sudan). They don’t get treated in that fashion. So why am I being abused?
“If it continues this way, I may have to take a tough decision. I’m a professional footballer and I won’t have problems in finding another club for myself,” he warned.
Moga, however, will not be discussing this matter with club officials. “I don’t want to discuss these matters because I feel I’m the one who should step up when my family or myself is insulted,” he made it clear.
Such unruly behaviour from fans only creates further pressure on players especially at a time when they have plenty of matches to play in the season, Moga feels.
Meanwhile, Robert Lalthlamuana and Dipankar Roy were involved in a brawl during practice as coach Marcos Falopa and other players intervened to calm down both the players. “These things are very common during practice. It’s nothing serious,” captain Mehtab Hussain commented.
Mehtab has sustained a thigh strain, which made him skip training. However, he is confident of turning up for Saturday’s tie.