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I-League: Verdict on Mohun Bagan likely to be out soon

Reuters
Dec 24, 2012 at 10:11pm IST

New Delhi: Facing a two-year ban for pulling out of an I-League match, Mohun Bagan's fate will be known over the next couple of days, it was learnt after the one-man committee of retired judge A K Ganguly gave a patient hearing to the club and the AIFF here Monday.

Mohun Bagan are facing the ban for abandoning their derby against East Bengal on December 9, citing security reasons after one of their key players, Syed Rahim Nabi, was injured after being hurled a stone.

"Both the parties presented their case. We had a look of the video footage of the match. I have to look into all angles," Ganguly, a retired Supreme Court judge, said. Mohun Bagan were represented by three lawyers, headed by Gitanath Ganguly, along with general secretary Anjan Mitra and director Debasish Dutta.

I-League: Verdict on Mohun Bagan likely to be out soon

Facing a two-year ban for pulling out of an I-League match, Mohun Bagan's fate will be known over the next couple of days.

Legal counsel Usha Nath Banerjee was the representative from the AIFF. According to Mitra, the club tried to convince the committee that there was law and order problem during the match at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

"There was law and order problem during the match. Our players were scared, and the priority was to save them," said Mitra. According to AIFF constitution's Clause 22, Mohun Bagan stands to be banned for two years if found guilty.

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