Referee Dinesh Nair does enough to make sure KEB wins the 32nd Federation Cup. 2 goals canceled – 2 penalty calls rejected, one red card and KEB retains the trophy. Bagan did enough but did not plan playing against 11 players and 3 match officials. At the same time Bagan deep defense should be held responsible for the goal Bagan conceded.
Cancellation of 2 goals for a team is not a very famililar scene in this type of match. But It happened due to Mr. Dinesh Nair, Referee of this match. Bagan fought well against 14 men rivals with 11 players and sometimes before end of the match with 10 players.
Just before end of the first half Ashim Biswas scored a brilliant goal from the edge of the box with a bullet shot and referee signaled it for goal but due to some unknown reason linesman signaled it offiside, but where is the offside Mr. Linesman? Please clarify it.
In the first half so called balanced team KEB looked like a defence oriented outfit while Bagan made the waves of attack to the opponent’s box. But didn’t capitalize from it.
In the 2nd half KEB made their way out to attack and got the goal from a Vasum grounder in the 53rd minute. Sk Azim again groped in front of attack like last match against Dempo. (0-1) And this made the scoreline in the final. But this might not be happened. If referee Dinesh Nair and linesman didn’t cancel the goal from a bi-cycle kick of Muritala Ali in the 73rd minute of the match. It was an unbelievable decision. Just few minutes before end of the match Muritala Ali was shown red card and got the marching order from Mr. East Bengal sorry Referee.
The match ends raising a lot of questions. How many goal Bagan has to score for winning the match or for making the goal valid. If god knows, expect match officialsand when the match officials get bit professional?
East Bengal: Sandip, Naoba, Nirmal, Okpara, Soumik, Vasum, Mehtab, Khabra( Ravinder 88′), Penn, Robin, Tolgey ( Ekene 77′).
Mohun Bagan: Shilton, Kinshuk, Sagram, Sk. Azim, Dhanarajan R, Diamondstar (Chidi 60′), Manish, Snehasish, Asim (Jayanta 74′), Barreto, Muritala
Referee: Dinesh Nair (Man of the match, alongwith other officials.)