Dudu Omagbemi, the Nigerian striker who was sent off by referee Ranjit Bakshi in Sunday’s derby following the second caution, broke into tears while he was returning to the dressing room after being given marching orders. However, the Nigerian striker was escorted by a few of Mohun Bagan officials from the tunnel to Mohun Bagan dressing room.
Dudu held referee totally responsible for showing him the second yellow card saying later, “I did nothing serious so that he showed me the yellow card second time. And this referee had given a lot of wrong decisions against us since the beginning of the match” It was not only Dudu, the whole Mohun Bagan team looked furious over poor referring.
Katsumi looked throwing his water bottle after returning to the dressing room and almost shouted saying, “This referee had also denied our two clear goals also in the match against SAI. How could IFA people post this referee in a derby?”
Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen was also very upset with the supervision of the match. He stated in the media conference on Sunday, “The second session of the match was completely spoiled by the referee. So far I have observed from bench Dudu, in spite having fouled Robert on the sideline should not have been shown the second yellow card.
And this referee was also appointed in our match against SAI a couple of weeks ago where he clearly denied our genuine goals. The IFA which is in charge of posting referees for the matches should think over the matter now. But at the same time, I do not support Lal Kamal Bhowmick’s misconduct just before the end of the match.” Lal Kamal, the experienced midfielder of Mohun Bagan pushed referee just before the end of the match and also saw the red card.
However, commenting his boys’ humiliating defeat at the hands of East Bengal, Mohun Bagan coach held goalkeeper Shilton Paul responsible for the first two goals he conceded from the free-kicks taken by Do Dong-Hyun. Sanjoy Sen clarified, “We became morally down after conceding first two goals. Even then the boys tried to come back after the lemon break. But referee killed that effort by sending Dudu off.”