ATK’s playoff dreams completely ended yesterday after a thrashing loss against Mumbai City FC. The Modou Sougou hat-trick was enough for Mumbai to book a top 3 spot on the league table turning Andrey Bikey’s goal for ATK to a mere consolation. It was the 4th loss at home for the Steve Coppell managed side leaving the Kolkata fans in mere disarray.
The English man managed to win only three games at home with two consecutive loss at the start of the league even with some terrific players on board making the FANATK very unhappy from the initial days of this ISL season. But the fans kept their hope high and stood beside their team as they wished to see ATK at the playoffs unlike the previous season.
The situation started odd just from the third quarter of yesterday’s match when the fans started the chant “Go Back Coppell” from all the stands. The grief echoed all through the stadium till the last whistle of the game. The fans were also heard raising their voice against players like Bikey and the management. It was completely understood that the long kept patience has broken and the fans are on a verge of non violent protest against the teams poor performance and wanted Spanish tie up back.
The situation turned its heat on just after the final whistle when the ATK FAN CLUB members raised their tough voice against the coach and the management just behind the dug-out, as the protest became stronger the situation turned uncomfortable for the management as then the fans were forcibly pushed out of the stands and were manhandled by the police forces.
Talksports24x7 spoke to the fans as they accused that the police started abusing them after one of the ATK officials did a video of the protest and complained to ISL. Next the Fans went near the team exit where generally the fans are allowed to stand to interact with the players, but yesterday the tune turned wrong as the fans started protesting with chants against the coach and the management, leading the police to harass and humiliate the fans once again in order to jeopardize the protest movement in a very ill manner. It was a complete emotional outburst for these passionate football fans at Kolkata who were in utter grief after being unable to qualify for the playoffs for the second time after previous season of ISL.
Now the question arises whether it was the right gesture from ATK management towards their ardent fans as football is nothing without the fans. It also brought forward the unprofessional fan management in Kolkata once again. The fans were in a non violent protest then why were they manhandled and humiliated by police? Why the ATK management instructed to do so? Probably It’s the time that will answer these questions raised from yesterday’s incident.