Mohun Bagan Club on Tuesday threatened to pull out of the Calcutta Football League derby because of what they claim to be poor refereeing decisions that have gone against them.
In a letter to the Indian Football Association,club general secretary Anjan Mitra urged the governing body to form an independent committee to probe why Mohun Bagan have been at the receiving end of some very vindictive refereeing in the CFL.
We have been at the receiving end of some very vindictive refereeing and we have asked you to look into the matter. There are numerous instances,of which the latest one occurred in our last CFL match against George Telegraph,when a dubious penalty was awarded against us. The ball hit Mohanraj,which was totally unintentional. Had it been intentional,Mohanraj should have been shown a card,which was not shown. It helped our opponent equalise (and earn a 2-2 draw). Since George Telegraph is owned by a senior official of the IFA,we knew beforehand that something of this sort was going to happen, Mitra wrote to IFA secretary Utpal Ganguli.
Bagan will take on arch-rivals East Bengal on January 7,but Mitra says the club will reconsider its participation if the committee is not formed.
Pele,Maldini at Salt Lake
Legendary football players,including Pele and Paolo Maldini,will play an exhibition match against the Dream Indian XI at the Salt Lake Stadium on January 23. Two-time World Cup winner Cafu will lead the World Superstars XI,which will include Pele,Maldini,Ronaldo and Marcel Desailly in its ranks. The team will be coached by Dutch superstar Ruud Gullit.