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Mohun Bagan claim at odds with Fifa code

sports Updated: Dec 15, 2012 02:08 IST
HT Correspondent

Going by Fifa rules, Mohun Bagan's attempt to apportion blame to East Bengal for crowd behaviour in Sunday's abandoned I-League match seems contentious. That's because, according to the world football body's disciplinary code, the visiting team too can be hauled up for improper conduct of its fans.

Under the section "Liability for spectator conduct", Fifa states that "supporters occupying the away sector of a stadium are regarded as the visiting association's supporters unless proven to the contrary."

The section also mentions "the visiting association or visiting club is liable for improper conduct among its own group of spectators, regardless of the question of culpable conduct or culpable oversight and, depending on the situation, may be fined. Further sanctions may be imposed in the case of serious disturbances."

Improper conduct includes throwing of missiles, according to the Fifa code.

The 10th round match being East Bengal's home game, Mohun Bagan have said that the safety and security of the away team's players, fans and officials is the responsibility of the host team.

While that is mentioned in the code under organisation of matches - and it is possible that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) will fine East Bengal - it also does not mean the away team can't be punished for unruly fan behaviour.

The match was abandoned after Mohun Bagan refused to play the second half citing safety concerns. According to the AIFF's Disciplinary Code, for incidents taking place outside the field of play, the match commissioner's report is considered authoritative.

Sunday's match commissioner Gulab Chauhan is said to have mentioned that the game resumed in first half added time after the police assured him that the security situation was under control.

On Thursday, Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal chief minister, too gave a clean chit to the police and said the match should have continued.

Trouble broke out last Sunday after Mohun Bagan skipper Okolie Odafa was shown the red card in first half added time for improper conduct by referee Vishnu Chauhan.

It led to a 13-minute stoppage during which missiles were thrown from the section of the Salt Lake stadium occupied by Mohun Bagan supporters.

One of them hit Mohun Bagan midfielder Syed Rahim Nabi who had to be removed to hospital and operated on Monday for a fracture in the jaw.

India international Nabi was discharged from hospital on Thursday.