Referee Pranjal Mukherjee was found pulling East Bengal right from the word go. East Bengal earned a penalty and a free kick – and both were gifted by the referee. While KEB got the benefit of Pranjal’s refereeing, Mohun Bagan was denied multiple fouls. Once Balwant was onside and was in scoring position when Pranjal felt he was offside.
It is not known if Pranjal got any under the table benefit but suspicions are there for the same.
Pranjal was able to cancel a clean goal for MB beside rejecting 2 corners.
Here is a minute by minute summary of Pranjal’s refereeing –
|1′||Mehtab misbehaves. Pranjal ignores|
|3′||Mehtab has a nasty foul on Yusa, Pranjal ignores|
|10′||Again foul on Yusa, Pranjal ignores|
|11′||Logo play acting – Pranjal gives penalty. first goal scored|
|18′||Hand ball – penalty denied|
|20′||Nasty foul on Lal – no card shown. Not even verbal warning|
|25′||Khabra first fouls Dhanachandra. Dhanachandra then blocks Khabra. Free kick in favour of KEB|
|28′||Balwant in onside and only Avijit to beat. Offside given|
|33′||Again a nasty foul from Mehtab – no card shown|
|37′||Avijit touches his own player – foul given against MB|
|42′||Dhanachandra fouled, Pranjal ignores. Dhanachandra fouls Deepak. Pranjal gives foul in favour of KEB|
|43′||Ranty and Fatai on arial move- ball hits ranty and goes away. Foul given against Fatai. 2nd goal scored|
|48′||Yusa allows the ball to go out for a corner. Goal kick given. from the move of goal kick, 3rd goal scored|
|53′||Again a clear corner but goal kick awarded to KEB|
|54′||Balwant snatches the ball but foul in favour of Khabra|
|55′||Lobo play acting and Dhanachandra booked|
|69′||Mehtab nasty foul on Yusa- no card.|
|84′||Goal scored. Pranjal cancels for offside while Raju was on goal line|