Mohun Bagan threatens to pull out of IFA

Protests “partiality” during a match against arch-rival East Bengal in the Calcutta Football League.

Mohun Bagan is protesting against a controversial penalty decision handed to its rival in a Calcutta Football League match.   -  V. Ganesan (Representative Image)

Mohun Bagan on Thursday threatened to pull out of the Indian Football Association (IFA), West Bengal’s parent body for the sport, due to “partiality” during a match against arch-rival East Bengal in the Calcutta Football League (CFL).

In an executive committee meeting held at the club premises here, Mohun Bagan formed a five-member core committee to decide the future course of action, which may also include “de-affiliation” from the IFA and seeking affiliation from any other state association. Top club officials Anjan Mitra, Srinjoy Bose, Debasis Dutta, Satyajit Chatterjee and Swapan Banerjee have been named as the members of the committee, a statement from the club said.

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‘Unprofessional attitude, partial behaviour’

“The issue of unprofessional attitude and partial behaviour of the Indian Football Association (West Bengal) towards the club and because of the same, the possibility of de-affiliating from the IFA has been also discussed in the meeting. The executive members have unanimously taken the decision to form a five-member core committee,” the statement further read.

East Bengal won a record eighth CFL crown after eking out a 2-2 draw against Mohun Bagan in a virtual knockout clash. Mohun Bagan, which needed to win as East Bengal was ahead on goal difference, is protesting against a controversial penalty decision handed to its rival.

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