Atletico de Kolkata and India national
team defender Pritam Kotal had a deep cut under his left eye following a brawl that broke out as soon as the referee blew the final whistle ending the second leg of the Indian Super League semifinal between ATK and Mumbai City FC. A goalless draw after regulation time on Tuesday in Mumbai meant Atletico de Kolkata entered the final, winning 3-2 on aggregate.
The second leg of the semifinal showed early signs of getting volatile after Atletico de Kolkata defender Robert Lalthlamuana was sent off in the 41st minute for his second bookable offence. For the rest of the match, Atletico de Kolkata closed down their goalmouth, frustrating India skipper Sunil Chhetri’s Mumbai City FC.
It was not really clear what led to Kotal’s injury but blood was streaming down his face when the television cameras zoomed on him once.
Looking down the history:Last year’s ISL final between winners Chhennaiyin FC and FC Goa too ended with an ugly brawl between players of both teams and officials. Following that FC Goa boycotted the presentation ceremony and then filed a police complaint against Chennaiyin FC’s Brazilian star and captain Elano Blumer, accusing him of assault.
We all want strict action taken against the Mumbai player so that this does not happen in any ISL game.
We wish Pritam a speedy recovery and wish the ATK squad luck for the forthcoming finals.
-Atlètico de kolkata fans