The dispute had been going on for a long time. Finally, ATK Mohun Bagan informed it that they will not be able to play the Calcutta Football League League this time. It is reported that a letter has been sent to IFA in this regard. As a result, there was no possibility of watching the derby in the Kolkata league this time.
If Mohun Bagan were to play in the Calcutta Football League this time, they would have to play several matches in the ISL. According to the schedule, they were supposed to play two matches before Puja.
ATK Mohun Bagan asked the host FSDL whether any other competition can be played during the ISL. From there it has been made clear that no other competition can be played during the ISL.
ATK Mohun Bagan informed the IFA of their decision by sending a copy of that letter to the IFA.
Kolkata’s other two major Emamis, East Bengal and Mohammedan, however, have no problem playing in the Kolkata League. Emami East Bengal are going to field their reserve team in the Kolkata League. Their opponents are Khidirpur at the Naihati Stadium on Sunday.
None of the footballers who play in the ISL will play in the Kolkata League. Even Stephen Constantine will not be seen as the head coach. Bino George will coach. He said on Saturday, “Our preparations have been very good. There is no problem playing in the Kolkata league. We will give our best. Several footballers have joined from Kerala. They are also fit. We can play them if required.”
Emami East Bengal practiced at their own ground on this day.
On the other hand, the Mahomedans have been preparing for some time. Their opponent at the Kalyani Stadium on Sunday is Ariyan.
On Saturday they practice at the AIFF Center of Excellence ground in Newtown. Mohammedan is not playing in ISL. I-League is still late to start. The Kolkata League game may be over before that.
In retaliation Mohun Bagan fans tweeted :
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