KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan Finance Secretary Debasish Dutta accused referee Venkatesh Ramachandran of being biased after they suffered a 3-2 defeat to bitter-rivals East Bengal in Kolkata Derby.
A brace Laldanmawia Ralte and striker Jobby Justin’s fifth goal of the season helped East Bengal halt Mohun Bagan’s seven-game unbeaten run in Kolkata Derby. Mohun Bagan scored twice through Azharuddin Mallick and Dipanda Dicka, but it was not enough at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan On Sunday.
Dutta has since stated that he did not feel the game was officiated fairly, suggesting that the referee favoured East Bengal.
“The referee was an embarrassment. I have to say this, referee made itenormously difficult for the players to play properly,” said Dutta, making reference to the stop-start nature of the clash, where Venkatesh wen tinstinctively to his whistle whenever there was a slight contact.
“A good game is when the game ends and you don’t even know who the referee was. I think if more referees knew that‚ we would probably have better football,” he continued.
He was frustrated with Venkatesh, who allowed East Bengal’s first goal in what Laldanmawia appeared to be an offside position. Although it truly could have gone either way.
“Was it offside? Yes. Everyone would agree that it was offside, but that’s not important. All that is important is what the three or four gentlemen with the whistles think. We never got any decisions for us.”
“I am not making excuses because we lost the match, East Bengal played better and they deserved it. All I want Mohun Bagan to be refereed fairly and I didn’t think we were refereed fairly,” he added.
“We have filed an official complaint to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and we really hope this type of instances won’t be repeated in the future because the whole world follows the Kolkata derby with a lot of anticipation and when they sees officiating like this, they laugh at Indian football.” Dutta concluded.