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SBD Global/December 31, 2012/International Football
I-League Side Mohun Bagan Hit With Two-Year Ban Following East Bengal Incident
Published December 31, 2012
THE NEXT STEP: The PTI reported Mohun Bagan called AIFF’s suspension “opposed to football policy” and “hurtful.” The club said that it has "yet to decide in which forum it would contest the ruling." Mohun Bagan General Secretary Anjan Mitra said, "We have received a 17-page order and we’re discussing about our next step... in which forum we shall take the matter." Claiming that the decision was a step backward, Mitra said, “Indian football, fans and peace-loving people are deeply hurt by the judgement. It’s opposed to football policy and in no way can take Indian football forward.” Mitra also "stood by the club’s decision to pull out after the interval against East Bengal on Dec. 9 when Syed Rahim Nabi was injured following violence in the stands." Mitra: “Football is important, but life is more important to us. There was a huge risk factor had we continued playing. Those who question our move don't know the ground realities." Meanwhile, "hundreds of fans holding placards chanted slogans outside the club tent and blocked the Gostha Pal Sarani that connects Eden Gardens." A protester shouted, “We cannot forget this day. It’s a black day in the club’s history” (PTI, 12/29).