Bagan face a two-year ban: AIFF

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is set to ban Mohun Bagan for rest of the I-League this season and the next two years, a top AIFF official informed. An official announcement in this regard is likely by Saturday. Syed Rahim Nabi's was hurt on Sunday by a stone thrown from the terraces after fans reacted angrily following Bagan skipper Odafa Okolie's red card.

"The rule 22C clearly states that the minimum punishment for not continuing with the game is a two-year ban. Regulations cannot be changed, and if we do that we will set a bad precedent," an AIFF office bearer told The Indian Express.

"The report we have received from the match commissioner also goes against them. Now they have to face the consequence," he added.

The three-time champions may also have to pay a hefty fine should the title sponsor of the tournament and TV rights holder demand compensation from the Federation. East Bengal too are likely to be fined for the crowd disorder as the Sunday's derby was their home match.

Bagan officials, however, are still maintaining that they were right in refusing to play the second half of the Sunday's charged up I-League encounter against East Bengal.

"We took the decision because the security of our players were threatened. Team didn't want to continue after Nabi was injured," Bagan's finance secretary Debashis Dutta said.

'Not decide in haste'

Meanwhile, AIFF president Praful Patel said the federation is not going to take a final decision in a hurry. "We will not make a hasty decision as there could be long-term implications. Whatever has happened, will surely have a bad impact on football," Patel said.

"There will be proper hearing and we will try and get full information from all possible quarters possible before arriving at a decision. We will take police reports, our local sources' reports, media coverage reports and will also talk to players, match commissioner and the referees.

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