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I-League 2017: Supporters stage remonstration at East Bengal training ground

Goal.com logo Goal.com 14-04-2017

A congregation of East Bengal supporters turned up at East Bengal's training session on Friday morning to protest against their poor run of form and the functioning of the club.

It was the first day of training after the club management sacked assistant coach Warren Hackett and goalkeeping coach Abhijit Mondal to sound a warning to head coach Trevor Morgan after the Kolkata derby defeat last Sunday in Siliguri.

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Around 200 supporters made their way into the East Bengal tent and were quite vociferous in their demands to the officials. The fans, not affiliated with any recognised supporters club, made their displeasure heard to executive committee member Debabrata 'Nitu' Sarkar and also presented him a memorandum.

Goalkeeper Rehenesh TP showed them the middle finger and the Keralite was made to apologise by the officials but he did so again after saying sorry. The on-loan NorthEast United FC custodian has been the subject of massive uproar within the club ranks after Morgan had to answer why he had been fielding Rehenesh repeatedly after horrendous performances last month.

The fans gheraoed Morgan as the Perth-based Briton tried to reason with the gathered protesters but they did not relent as the 60-year-old was leaving the club premises.

The demands for Sarkar included the sacking of Trevor Morgan and an appointment of a Bengali coach - 'one who understood the sentiments of the Kolkata derby' - according to the group of fans.

Amidst hurling of abuses, Sarkar calmed the protesters down and asked them two-three days time, promising them a meeting to discuss the demands out.

East Bengal, who trail league leaders Mohun Bagan by three points face DSK Shivajians at Barasat Stadium on Sunday.

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