Looking to justify its action before the national body could pronounce a verdict on its decision to abandon the 10th round I-League match against East Bengal, Mohun Bagan sent a letter to the All India Football Federation saying it did everything keeping in mind the security of the team.
The club on Tuesday sent newspaper and video clippings of the match in support of its decision to quit midway after the first half’s action. The club has urged the AIFF to hear it before taking any decision. The AIFF is expected to take a decision before Bagan embarks on its 11th round match against Pailan Arrows on Saturday.
In its letter addressed to the AIFF president Praful Patel, Mohun Bagan pointed out that the club was forced to take the decision as the “law and order situation was not favourable” for the team to continue playing in the second half.
The AIFF is seeking legal opinion and having a close scrutiny of the I-League tournament regulations to ensure whether Mohun Bagan’s claim of imposing the “ force-majeure ” clause to bail itself out, would be applicable in this case.
The AIFF president has indicated that a decision will be taken only after hearing every party involved with the match.
The AIFF is all set to ban Mohun Bagan for two years for walking off the pitch after one of its key players got injured during the violence-ridden match.
“Sticking to the rules and going by regulations, it will be banned for this year and the next two editions of the league,” a top AIFF official said.
Salgaocar’s secretary, Raj Gomez, is reported to have told a daily that if Mohun Bagan gets a reprieve in this case, the Goan club would also walk off the field whenever it is trailing at the break.
Even an East Bengal official is learnt to have said something similar.