Fight between Gokulam, Kashmir over training ground
Kozhikode: A controversy has broken out between Gokulam Kerala FC and Real Kashmir FC ahead of Friday’s I-league match on Friday with the hosts blaming the visitors of invading the pitch and manhandling the groundsmen. The two teams got into a twitter spat over the issue as well.
The hosts Gokulam Kerala FC has raised a complaint against that the visitors Real Kashmir FC invaded into the corporation stadium here, where the match has been scheduled to be played.
The RKFC team and officials attacked the groundsmen and club officials, Gokulam Kerala FC officials told Mathrubhumi.com.
RKFC officials stormed the FOP and manhandled the groundsman and threw his phone away when he tried to capture what Mr. Robertson and his club members tried to do.— Gokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) December 14, 2018
Note, Mr. Robertson called our CEO a “a fu**** ba****” for doing the things he had to do. (3/n)
Since RKFC did not reach the practice ground on the allotted time, we have even requested to extend the time hoping they might reach a bit late and train which was agreed by the Medical College. But no, that did not happen. (6/n)— Gokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) December 14, 2018
On Friday, the medical college football ground was arranged for the RKFC team to practice. However, as a hartal was announced, the bus which was to take Kashmiri team to the pitch arrived late. This prompted the RKFC team to storm into the Kozhikode corporation stadium.
On seeing this, the groundsman and local ground coordinator of GKFC stopped the RKFC officials. Following this, the RKFC officials manhandled the two groundsmen. They also damaged the mobile phone of one of the groundsmen. GKFC officials said that the RKFC officials including the coach behaved rudely to them.
Meanwhile, the RKFC team alleged that GKFC humiliated them by not arranging training and transport facilities. They also said that the officials of GKFC demanded them to leave the pitch and posted a video of it on twitter.
However, the GKFC team alleged that the RKFC team refused the bus that was arranged for them as it arrived late.
Remember, Medical college ground is probably the best of all the grounds that we have here. Getting a practice ground here is not easy and we agree that we couldn’t provide the best for all the teams, which is why we practice in the same ground we provide to the opponents. (5/n)— Gokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) December 14, 2018
Even former Jammu Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted on the issue requesting intervention from the local authorities.
Have been told @realkashmirfc are facing numerous difficulties down south in the run up to their clash against Gokulam Kerala FC to the point where they are unsure they will be safe playing tomorrow. Request local authorities to intervene to ensure safety of players & staff.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) December 14, 2018
Later, the GKFC officials filed a complaint with the All India Football Federation.