Mohun Bagan Unhappy With Training Timing; Likely To Skip Training As Protest
Mohun Bagan team management is planning to skip team training on 14th April, a day before the Mariners take on Minerva Punjab FC in a crucial I-League round 16 encounter at the Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana on 15th April.
According to a late night, press release by Mohun Bagan, Minerva Punjab have provided them to train at the Guru Nanak Stadium from 12 noon to 1 pm. The proposal was immediately rejected by Bagan as they believe that it is "humanly impossible" to train at that hour.
The Green and Maroon brigade, however, requested the Minerva officials to let them train from 4.30 in the evening but according to the press release Minerva "did not pay any heed" to Bagan's request.
As a result, Bagan lodged an official complaint to AIFF and are planning to skip training as a show of protest.
Bagan had to travel all the way from Shillong to Ludhiana on Wednesday, starting their journey at 4 AM and reaching Ludhiana at 6 PM. Adding to the tiresome journey, Sanjoy Sen's boys will be playing their third match in seven days.
Meanwhile, Minerva's owner Ranjit Bajaj took to twitter to justify their decision of asking Bagan to train at noon.
According to him, the ground has been badly damaged and it will undergo repair and maintenance in the evening so that at least the match can take place in good condition. "We need to water the ground after cutting and need 2 hrs of sunlight to prepare. We ourselves are not training,'" he said.
Minerva provided an alternative training venue too, but Bagan, having not had a first-hand taste of the Guru Nanak Stadium conditions, badly needed to practice there to have a feel of the ground.
Moreover, even the league regulation states that the home team has to provide the actual match venue to the away team for at least 45 minutes to train, a day before the match as close to the match timing as possible.