Bagan's next I-League match deferred
India's supreme football body All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday deferred Mohun Bagan's next I-League match as the decision regarding the 'status and necessary actions' against the football club in connection to the abandoning of the derby match against East Bengal mid-way on Sunday is under consideration.
"The decision regarding the status and necessary actions arising under the I-League Regulations regarding the match played on December 9, 2012 between Kingfisher East Bengal and McDowell Mohun Bagan is under consideration," AIFF said in a statement.
"Hence, the scheduled Match No. 72 between McDowell Mohun Bagan and Pailan Arrows to be played on December 15, 2012 stays deferred till further notice," it said.
AIFF president Praful Patel on Tuesday said the football body would not take a rush decision on the derby match abandonment and subsequent violence involving Mohun Bagan and East Bengal at Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday.
"It is definitely unfortunate to happen like this but the AIFF would not jump into a conclusion immediately on the issue," Patel told reporters.
He said before taking any decision on the abandonment and violence, the AIFF's disciplinary committee would talk to both the team members (Mohun Bagan and East Bengal), the referees and the match commissioner.
He said even the AIFF would go by the reports of the media, independent observers and other sources before coming into a decision.
"There will be no immediacy on the action as because many issues are involved with football, " Patel said.