Mohun Bagan to report Khalid Jamil for abusing official

By: Snehanjan Banerjee
Khalid Jamil

Bengaluru, December 5: Mohun Bagan have allegedly accused East Bengal manager Khalid Jamil for abusing their media manager and will report to the match commissioner to take necessary actions.

Jamil made his name in the history books of Indian football by helping underdogs Aizawl FC in their promotion to the I-League crown last season and was eventually snapped up by East Bengal ahead of this season which was not a surprise at all.

The Red and Golds, despite being one of the biggest teams in Indian football history, have never tasted success in the I-League till date and brought Jamil to the hot seat to bring their long wait for the trophy to an end.

However, he tasted defeat in his first experience of the Kolkata Derby on Sunday (December 3) when his team were beaten 1-0 by Mohun Bagan at the Salt Lake Stadium.

And the alleged controversy happened much before the game and the incident took place at around 8:30 in the morning, way before the derby was scheduled to kick-off.

Jamil, who visited the stadium around the same time, wanted to enter the dressing room and was denied to do the same by Imran Khan, Bagan's media manager, who was assigned the duty of cleaning the rooms before the players arrived.

Imran conveyed that according to the rules, the dressing rooms can only be accessed by the teams 2 hours before kick-off and asked Jamil to come back later. As a result, a few heated words were exchanged between the duo and Jamil had reportedly abused Imran by venting out his frustration.

The Mariners are said to be irked due to the incident and have already decided that they would be reporting the same to the match commissioner at the earliest.

If found guilty, Jamil might face a suspension by the AIFF as this indeed is a big offence and violates the rules of the game. Furthermore, this will only aggravate the pain of the Red and Golds after losing the Derby which means the most to them.

Story first published: Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 10:29 [IST]
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