SC East Bengal have written a strongly-worded letter to Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) over refereeing decisions that went against them in their Indian Super League (ISL) match against FC Goa. A late Bright Enobakhare goal was ruled out, captain Daniel Fox was shown a direct red while Robbie Fowler and another member of his coaching staff were shown yellow cards. As a result of this, Fowler will not be able to take his place in the dugout in their next match against Bengaluru FC.
This is the second time this season that East Bengal have made a written complaint to higher authorities regarding the level of refereeing. The previous occasion was just after their match against NorthEast United where the club claimed to have been denied two obvious penalties. This time though, it seems that the club management wants to take it a notch higher. They want Fox’s red and Fowler’s yellow cards to be overturned before the Bengaluru game.
The Red and Golds’ head coach was also quoted saying that it seems as if his side are ‘playing against 12 players’ in most games in what was an obvious dig at the match officials. With the side currently in 9th place with 7 points, any more slip ups can prove fatal for their remaining top 4 hopes. This is probably the reason why the management is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the squad is in good mental shape.
Meanwhile, Bright Enobakhare has instilled new hope in the minds of fans with his superb start for the club. And with them facing struggling teams like Bengaluru, Kerala Blasters and Chennaiyin FC in the next few matches, it is a great opportunity for the Kolkata giants to pick up points and move up the table.