ISL racism row: Manipur CM slams NorthEast United female fan abuse in Chennai
During Chennaiyin FC’s home match against NorthEast United FC on Thursday, some of the latter’s female fans were allegedly subject to racial harassment during an Indian Super League (ISL) match. Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh has criticised the incidentindian super league 2017 Updated: Nov 25, 2017 19:08 IST
On Thursday, former Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC defeated NorthEast United 3-0 at home in a regular season game. The win, however, was overshadowed by incidents in the stands during the game, after a video emerged showing women, presumably supporters of NorthEast United, being harassed by a group of young men.
The video, which later went viral on social media, showed a group of local fans dancing and gesturing at the women, with a large number of people watching on.
After local media houses in the north-east picked up the incident, both Chennaiyin FC and NorthEast United issued statements on social media, with politicians from the region also speaking out against the incident.
Manipur chief minister Biren Singh, himself a former footballer, termed the incident as ‘nonsense’.
“This is nonsense, need proper education . Let them start learning from class 1 with geography and history of India. Let them learn how many state and communities live in India. No discipline, this type of attitude makes us shame before others nation (sic),” he said in response to a tweet by union minister Kiren Rijiju.
This is nonsense, need proper education . Let them start learning from class 1 with geography and history of india. Let them learn how many state and communities live in india. No discipline, this type of attitude makes us shame before others nation— N Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) November 24, 2017
Rijiju had earlier tweeted saying, “I’ll follow up. But this is not merely an incident or law & order issue but painful reflection of mindset. Whole nation must come together as such incidents with North East people are very common. We Indians have been victims of bad treatments. Let’s not allow this in India.”
I'll follow up. But this is not merely an incident or law & order issue but painful reflection of mindset. Whole nation must come together as such incidents with North East people are very common. We Indians have been victims of bad treatments. Let's not allow this in India. https://t.co/ICccnsygdc— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) November 24, 2017
Rijiju later tweeted that while a special team had been formed to look into the case, but there was ‘no one to lodge complain (sic)’.
I'm following up the case. Chennai Police has formed a special team to act but there's no one to lodge complain. I request someone connected to the incident to get in touch with City Police. https://t.co/2EReCEQQ77— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) November 24, 2017
The incident has caused outrage among Indian football fans on social media, with many calling for action against those responsible.
What is this? Sad to watch... even sadder when I consider that I, an 'outsider', was wholeheartedly welcomed by fans in Aizawl and Shillong. Sharing umbrellas, clicking selfies, also thanking me for coming all the way from Delhi & so on. https://t.co/OvRCGbjc4C— Akarsh Sharma (@Akarsh_Official) November 25, 2017
This is disgusting! These kind of people are the ones who make it so difficult for the regular passionate match going fans who are there only to support their team. https://t.co/MeOfrU5Mu8— Abhijit (@abhijit_13) November 24, 2017
Don't justify this by insisting it is drunken behaviour. This is one example of harassment people of North East face on a daily basis even from women and children of our "friendly" state. It's time we stop https://t.co/lCnjKii9js— #MICDROPREMIX IS HERE (@sherinlinda) November 25, 2017
@praful_patel @IndSuperLeague If the "fans " captured on this video are not given a ban for the remainder of the season from attending the games, football hooliganism in India will take root. Please action this asap https://t.co/i9RLJCu4Oa— KnottyKev (@knottykev) November 24, 2017
While Chennaiyin FC have vowed to take ‘strong action’ against those responsible, the Indian Super League has not released any official statement over the incident. Meanwhile, Guwahati City FC has also condemned the incident.