Referee Pratap Singh awarded KEB a penalty in the 8th minute when the ball hit Surkumar’s hand. In many cases for last few seasons Mohun Bagan was deprived of penalties (if you recall the Fed Cup final – a similar handball incident happened) . And of course Saji Kurian was the Asst. Referee
That was the beginning. Soon al knew that they match officials were even worse than those in Fed Cup final this year – or those from CRA. One wonders hw these blokes get a chance to officiate a high tension match like the one today.
With one hundred thousand spectators around ( 60-40 for Mohun Bagan) these matches should be conducted by best referees. Since there is no quality referee avaialble in India – AIFF should think of bringing a referee from AFC.
Sanju Pradhan scored when referee awarded a penalty for KEB as the ball hit Surkumar’s hand. Barreto briliance made it 1-1- in the 30th minute when he headed the ball into the net from 10 yards!
The rest ? free style wrestling by two teams – mostly by Mehtab, Sanju, Nauba, Barreto, Ishfaq – and Gurwinder and Ashim rightly shown marching orders.
What about Nabi and coach Morgan – had they been in EPL they would gave got bans for at least 2 matches and a huge penalty – lucky Nabi and Morgan – they were in India.
Mohun Bagan : Shilton, Surkumar, Anwar, Deepak, Mohonraj, Isfaq (Snehasis) ,Rakesh, Manish (Jayanta), Muritala (Ashim), Barreto, Chidi.
East Bengal : Sandip, Naoba, Okpara, Gurwinder, Soumik (Nabi), Sanju, Penn, Mehtab, Sushant (Ravindar), Sushil (Nirmal), Tolgey.