Mohun Bagan on Wednesday demanded the Indian Football Association (IFA) to take strong disciplinary action against Chirag United players for manhandling referee Minangshu Bhattacharya during their Calcutta Football League (CFL) Premier Division title decider yesterday.
The IFA has called a CFL sub-committee meeting on Friday to take the decision on the errant players.
“We are awaiting manager’s report and called a meeting. We will discuss everything there,” IFA secretary Utpal Ganguli said.
In his letter to the state association, Mohun Bagan general secretary Anjan Mitra wrote: “The manner in which the referee was manhandled openly was shameless and deplorable. We request you to take up this matter on a priority basis and give exemplary punishment to the offenders of yesterday’s match which will act as a deterrent and help preserve the spirit of the game.”
It all began after the referee yesterday awarded a controversial penalty in favour of Bagan, triggering violent protest in the Chirag United camp as the players pushed and shoved the referee. If Eduardo Chacon (Du) slapped the referee, Denson Devadas planted a cynical peck on Bhattacharya’s forehead after receiving a red-card as the ground resembled a battlefield with police force getting into action to restore sanity.
Chirag have demanded a replay of the match that was won by Bagan with Edeh Chidi scoring the winner from the spot. Chirag had needed a draw to clinch the local league which would have scripted a history of sorts in the CFL.