A host of former India players who played for Mohun Bagan joined the club members in organising a signature campaign to appeal to the All India Football Federation to condone the punishment meted out to the club.
The National governing body has disqualified Mohun Bagan from participating in the I-League till the 2014-2015 season for walking out of a 10th round match against East Bengal on December 9.
The signature campaign, attended by hundreds of supporters, was held at Mohun Bagan Lane, the place where the club was founded in 1889. The signatures were made on a letter of appeal that made a plea to the AIFF to review its decision of imposing an extensive ban to the club. The letter will be presented to the AIFF president Mr. Praful Patel.
Prominent signatories included the likes of Subrata Bhattacharya, Manas Bhattacharya, Bidesh Bose, Prasanta Banerjee, Shyamal Banerjee and N. Ulaganathan, all former players who had had a long association with the club. Manas and Bidesh will travel to New Delhi to hand over the letter appeal before the AIFF convenes its executive committee meeting on Tuesday.
The organisers also gave a call for a peaceful march on Monday, the very day the appeal will be presented, to protest against the “mishandling of the club administration by top officials”. One of the present executive committee members, Atin Ghosh, and another former general secretary of the club, Balaram Chowdhury, also joined the call for protest.
Subrata Bhattacharya, who as a player and later as the coach, helped club win a host of National titles, called for a revamp of the club administration, which will bring in former players in responsible positions.