Bagan decision on Saturday

The one-man committee, appointed by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to look into the legality of Mohun Bagan’s actions in their I-League derby against East Bengal early this month, submitted its report on Thursday and the AIFF Emergency Committee will take a decision on Saturday.

Former Supreme Court Judge, Justice AK Ganguly, who was tasked to find out if Mohun Bagan’s refusal to play in the second half of that match at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on December 9 could come under ‘force majeure’ conditions.

He was also to give a verdict on whether Mohun Bagan had violated I-League rules by refusing to turn up in second half after one of their players, Sayed Rahim Nabi was hospitalised after being hit by a stone hurled from the stands.

Ganguly gave his findings in a sealed envelope to the AIFF and it would be opened in an I-League Committee meeting, to be held here on Saturday in the presence of top brass of the federation. The final decision on whether to ban Mohun Bagan or not will be taken by the AIFF’s Emergency Committee. The Emergency Committee comprises of president, the five vice-presidents, general-secretary and the treasurer.

Ganguly had heard both Mohun Bagan and the AIFF, and also saw the video footages of the incident.

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