Bagan writes to AIFF to complain about poor refereeing

Mohun Bagan has severely criticised the standard of refereeing in the ongoing I-League and has asked the AIFF to initiate steps for better match supervision.

Mohun Bagan players at the end of their match against Real Kashmir FC in Srinagar.   -  PTI

Mohun Bagan has severely criticised the standard of refereeing in the ongoing I-League and has asked the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to initiate steps for better match supervision.

In a letter addressed to the president of the AIFF, Praful Patel, the director of Mohun Bagan Football Club, Swapan Sadhan Bose has used words like “appalling” and “obnoxious” to describe the standard of refereeing in the tournament.

Mohun Bagan, which lost the Kolkata derby clash against traditional rival East Bengal 2-3 on Sunday, had cried foul saying that the match officials allowed a goal scored by East Bengal from an off-side position as legitimate while denying it a penalty later in the match. The Bagan letter also said that it “suffered immensely” for some poor decisions of the match supervisors even in its win against Minerva Punjab FC (on Wednesday).

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“To my understanding the quality of match officiating (supervision) over the years has been appalling. There are innumerable instances where our team has suffered due to obnoxious referring, the latest being the derby match played on December 16, 2018,” the letter from Mr. Bose, who is also the general secretary of the Club, stated.  

With the I-League getting into a stage “where the top seven teams in the points table can become the champion” the Mohun Bagan team director brought up references of “video assistant referee (VAR) and goal line technology” while urging AIFF president to address the issue “on an urgent basis”.