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Unhappy with the result, Aizawl FC fans throw bottles at Mohun Bagan players

Unhappy with the result, Aizawl FC fans throw bottles at Mohun Bagan players

Sounak Mullick

Published: 25 Jan 2018 7:55 AM GMT
Mohun Bagan was reportedly harassed by the fans of Aizawl FC after their match at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium on Thursday afternoon. The team was stuck on the ground after the match ended and the bottles were thrown at the players after the fans were left unsatisfied with the outcome of the match. The match ended 1-1, with both the teams gaining a point from the encounter. This result won't help either team in the context of the championship. Needing a win, both the teams went for the kill, although the first 70 minutes of the match was rather scrappy. In the 73rd minute, substitute Lalthathanga Khawlhring scored the first goal for the hosts. Though the shot was initially saved by Bagan's goalkeeper Shilton Paul, the ball eventually found the back of the net after Ricky failed to kick it out of the danger zone. Five minutes later, the green and maroon's Lebanese recruit Akram Moghrabi received a gem of a pass and had only the keeper to beat, but Abhilash Paul was found guilty and a penalty was awarded. Striker Manandeep Singh converted from the spot to equalise. Following that, the match was alive, with both the team's playing brilliant football trying to secure the three points from the important fixture. Although the score remained same, many of the decisions taken by referee went against Aizawl FC which tempted the local fans to react. An appeal for a handball by the home side inside the penalty box was denied by the referee. Midfielder Alfred Jayran was shown the Red in the 89
minute; it was a controversial one and the people in the stands were furious. Source: Facebook/Subhajyoti Banerjee 4 minutes were added on, and as soon as the final whistle was blown, the spectators booed- indicating that they were not happy with the result. Aizawl's goalkeeper Abhilash Paul went straight to the referee and argued about certain points. Aizawl FC coach Paulo Menezes was restless and complained that they should have been given a penalty. "Of course, it is not a fair result. I don't know what's on with the refs. Now it's not about stopping attacks, counter-attacks or pushing our team back into our box, now it is penalties! Maybe, it is a penalty. From where I was, I cannot tell for sure. But, if he gave this to Mohun Bagan, we ought to get two more before that", said Paulo Menezes in the post-match conference. The referee can make mistakes, after all, they are humans, but undisciplined acts on the ground should be aborted for the sake of Indian football. It is not the first time that the Aizawl FC fans are warned; they have done a similar thing in the past. Hopefully, the AIFF will take proper steps after the incident. The supporters should be more responsible because throwing bottles at the rival team will not overturn the scoreline!
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