Mohun Bagan AC’s letter to IFA. After their second match of IFA Shield Mohun Bagan is suffering from huge injury problem. Today’s new inclusions are Jose Barreto, Harpreet Singh. Along with others who are already missing the matches. The letter is given hereunder.
We regret to inform you that the artificial turf laid at YBK Stadium is causing lot of injury problems to the players. We have noticed that since the artificial turf was laid, players are getting niggling injuries.
We are not getting any home team advantage either. Our vital players, Jose Marcio Barreto Ramires and Harpreet Singh sustained serious injuries during the IFA Shield match played today against Techno Aryan. We had a talk with all our players and they are just not comfortable with the turf and they feel that it is detrimental to football.
We are aware that a huge sum of money has been invested in laying of this artificial turf but if we continue to ignore the problems caused by the turf, it will be harmful for all of us in the long run. We request you to please contact the Sports Department, Government of West Bengal and also obtain expert opinion from AFC and FIFA about this turf and to sort out this problem. Till such time, we urge you not to schedule any competitive football match at the YBK Stadium.
Your support and cooperation for the cause of Football is eagerly solicited.
Yours faithfully, Anjan Kumar Mitra
United Mohun Bagan Football Team Pvt. Ltd.