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Three stars on jersey, ISL promo: Fans stir on social media; ATK Mohun Bagan management respond

ATK Mohun Bagan fans have been protesting on social media on more than one issue.

Written by Rahul Sadhu | Kolkata | Updated: November 3, 2020 7:41:34 am
atk mohun baganArdent supporters of the club expressed their unhappiness on social media. (ATKMB/File)

ATK Mohun Bagan fans have created quite a stir on social media ever since snapshots of the club jersey worn by players during the ongoing practice sessions in Goa have emerged.

Ardent supporters of the club expressed their unhappiness on social media and pointed out that the three stars stitched on the cloth are symbolic of ATK’s Indian Super League (ISL) titles along with the words ‘Champions 2019-20’. For numerous of those protesting on Twitter, this was an insult to the legacy of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club – established in the year 1889 with more than 100 major title victories and synonymous with the rich footballing tradition in the country.

ATK is a three-time winner of the Indian Super League. The club won the inaugural ISL edition in 2014 and won the second time in 2016 before lifting it for the third time in March 2020.

Mohun Bagan and two-time ISL champions ATK announced their merger in January 2020 before entering the cash-rich ISL. RPSG Group became the majority shareholders in the new club along with Mohun Bagan Football Club (India) Private Limited.

Taking the notice of the development, the ATKMB management released a statement which reads as follows-

Meanwhile, another growing resentment fueled by a promo video released by the official youtube handle of ISL has faced a lot of flak. Incidentally, the advertisement also features BCCI President Sourav Ganguly.

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A lot of the supporters wrote that it was not in good taste and was insensitive to the legacy of Mohun Bagan. Here is another statement released by the club.

Soccer has always been a big passion for the people in the city of joy and the state of West Bengal and this time people are already into it even before the kick-off.

ATK Mohun Bagan will begin their ISL campaign against Kerala Blasters at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim, Goa.

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