City football giant Mohun Bagan once again wrote to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) alleging it was not given a penalty in its I-League game against laggard Gokulam Kerala FC which it lost 1-2 on Monday.
The defeat meant the 2015 champion is virtually out of the title race and with arch-rival East Bengal winning against Minerva Punjab FC away on Tuesday, going within three points of the leader with four matches to go, its misery was further compounded.
“We played against Gokulam Kerala FC and the panel of referees were from the southern part of India, we had our hunch that things might go awry and unerringly our intuition was comprehended.
“It is necessary to make an official complaint about the performance of referee Mr. Palmson Raj,” Mohun Bagan director Debashis Dutta wrote in his mail to AIFF general secretary Kushal Das. I—League CEO Sunando Dhar was marked a copy.
“Mr Palmson struggled to keep up with the tempo of the game and was often ahead of the play in order to keep up, resulting in wrong decisions and missed fouls.
“He made another horrendous mistake in the second half when he showed a yellow card to our player Dipanda Dicka, holding him culpable for a handball. If you look at the TV recording Dicka had clearly chest the ball down,” Dutta wrote on Monday at 11.16 p.m. The mail was shared with the media on Tuesday evening.
Dutta had earlier complained about “refereeing gaffe” in a mail sent at 6.48 p.m. on Monday for their away match against lowly Chennai City FC where the team dropped points after a goalless draw.