Violence stops Kolkata derby, Nabi hurt
Soccer violence stopped a high-voltage East Bengal-Mohun Bagan Derby match of I-League in Kolkata's Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday after the players of Bagan walked out while their star player Rahim Nabi was hurt by a stone hurled by angry spectators who went berserk for a while.
Nabi was hurt seriously by a stone that hit his jaw and ear and led to his hospitalization. He would have to undergo an operation though he is out of danger, officials said.
Police had to baton charge at the spectators while things went for worse when Mohun Bagan players walked out of the field.
Now the Match Commissioner will decide if Mohun Bagan would be punished for the walkout and the penalty can be as severe as suspension from I League for two years.
The I League management committee is holding a meeting to decide its course of action.
Eye witnesses said the trouble started over a decision of referee Vishnu Chauhan who showed red card to Nigerian Okolie Odafa of Mohun Bagan after East Bengal fired the first salvo in the 42nd minute.
The decision of referee angered the Mohun Bagan supporters who started indulging in violence.
Protesting the referee's decision and the injury of Nabi, Mohun Bagan walked out and things went out of hand with a free for all following for a while.
Several arrests were made by police as the violence broke out and mob started hurling missiles.
The rivalry between the hosts East Bengal (it's their Home-match) and Mohun Bagan has a lot to do with the socio-cultural aspect. The match has always been seen as a 'Derby' between Bangals and the Ghotis (each representing the two groups of Bengalis, one from what is now Bangladesh or East part of undivided Bengal and the others who were from this side of Bengal originally).