Football

Roy Disappointed, ATK Fans Protest

On Sunday, ATKMB fans hit the streets, raised slogans in front of the Mohun Bagan Athletic Club tent, and then marched with posters in front of CESC House in Dharmatala, Kolkata, demanding that the prefix ATK be removed. 
28 Jan 2021 14:35
Roy Disappointed, ATK Fans Protest
ATK Mohun Bagan striker Roy Krishna controls the ball against North East United during their Indian Super League clash at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa, India, on January 26, 2021. Krishna scored a goal but it was not enough as they went down 2-1. Photo: ISL

A disappointed Roy Krishna has reminded his ATK Mohun Bagan team-mates that they must do better if they are to win the Indian Super League (ISL).

Krishna scored a goal but it was not enough as they were beaten 2-1 by North East United at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa, India, on Tuesday night.

“I’m disappointed,” Krishna said after the match.

“We cannot blame the referee as we made too many mistakes and conceded two easy goals.”

Controversy surrounded United’s first goal when Luis Machado fouled defender Tiri before slotting the ball past Arindam Bhattacharya for the opening goal. The referee overruled the linesman who had raised his flag and allowed the goal to stand.

This angered ATK’s coach, Antonio Habas who felt that the goal changed the game.

“It was not an inconsistent performance and I think the result is because of the referee’s decision on North East United’s first goal,” Habas said.

“We were better than our opponents but we could not score.

The referee’s decision affected the score. We conceded the goal when the linesman had the flag raised. I don’t understand. We have not had any luck with the refereeing all season.”

The 63-year-old said they didn’t have a lot of chances in the second half.

But Habas expressed full confidence in his star striker Krishna.

“Roy is a very good player who is very important for us. It’s impossible to score goals every day. I have confidence in him and always support him.”

The loss keeps ATK Mohun Bagan six points behind leaders Mumbai City at the top of the league table.

“We are still with the same idea and philosophy. We lost a match but not the league. I think we need more respect from the referees.

“We have only one penalty. I don’t understand. All the other teams have five, six, seven penalties and ATK have only one,” Habas added.

 

Protest

Meanwhile, Indian Express reported that ATL Mohun Bagan fans have gone on protest.

“Remove ATK’ was one of the top trends on social media in West Bengal over the past weekend as loyal supporters of the club vented their ire alleging the history and legacy of the club are being damaged more often than not.

On Sunday, ATKMB fans hit the streets, raised slogans in front of the Mohun Bagan Athletic Club tent, and then marched with posters in front of CESC House in Dharmatala, Kolkata, demanding that the prefix ATK be removed and the third kit design be changed.

Ever since ATK Mohun Bagan FC sported their third kit in black, similarities between their jersey and ATK’s away kit in 2019 has been rife.

Fans have alleged that resorting back to ‘a defunct club jersey’ is another sign of disrespect towards the 130-year-old Mohun Bagan whose primary colours are green and maroon.

ATKMB’s current away is a combination of white and maroon, something a lot of supporters love.

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