RKFC files complaint with AIFF against referee for East Bengal match

SRINAGAR: Real Kashmir Football Club ( RKFC ) has filed a complaint with the All-India Football Federation ( AIFF ) against the referee who officiated his I-League match against East Bengal.

The short-tempered game, played on the TRC field in front of 10,000 spectators, saw three red cards and several yellow cards being brandished by the referee.

The club, which is playing only in its second season at the I-League, cited instances along with video clips to the AIFF to corroborate their claims.

RKFC 's Danish Farooq, the local hero, and Kallum Higginbotham were sent off while Edmund Lalrindika was given the marching orders from the East Bengal team.

The home team, which lost by a lone goal, claimed that the referee had been partial.

A red is awarded within the penalty box at minute 37, rather than a penalty in which the video evidence conclusively demonstrates that a foul was committed against Danish Farooq by Johnny Acosta of East Bengal, he said in the complaint.

With the victory, East Bengal moved up to second place in the standings with 23 points from 16 matches, while Real Kashmir ranked fourth with 22 points from 15 games.

Citing another instance, the club said in the complaint, a copy each of which is marked to I-League CEO Sunando Dhar and AIFF general secretary Kushal Das, was awarded a yellow card at the 25th minute of the game, where the video evidence conclusively proves that no contact was made between RKFC 's Mason Robertson and East Bengal player Abhash Thapa.

Mohun Bagan already secured the league on Tuesday after his 1-0 victory over Aizawl FC with four remaining rounds.

The complaint further stated, Armand Bazie was punished with a yellow card for high boots at the 54th Minute, whereas in the video evidence attached, it can clearly and conclusively be seen that both RKFC 's Armand Bazie and EB's Victor Perez Alonzo had high boots at the same time.

Chestorpoul Lyngdoh was kicked by Jamie Santos of East Bengal and no action was taken against him. The attached video can conclusively show the same.

The RKFC officials said that win or loss was part of the game but losing a match because of unfair refereeing is not right.

This only brings bad name to the sport, which is close to the heart of several Kashmiris, an official of RKFC said.

The great drama followed the only objective of the game with players from both sides involved in a fight, forcing the referee to show two red cards in the final minutes. Higginbotham and Lalrindrika were sent off in a rather dramatic finale.

Expressing his disappointment, Real Kashmir FC co-owner Sandeep Chattoo had said on Monday, It is one of the most unfortunate losses for RKFC, where umpires failed us. The bias of the referee was clearly visible.

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