Be it a star-studded line-up figuring International superstars or be it Indian footballers’ glamorous skills and gameplay. Indian players like Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sena Ralte, Sandesh Jhingan among others have played besides the likes of Italian icons Alessandro Del Piero, Marco Materazzi, Spanish star Luis Garcia, French ace Nicolas Anelka, Uruguay’s own Diego Forlan and many other.
Now a Days, football has always been marred with the fabled nuisance of racism and other antics at the stands, but ISL came across such an incident possibly for the first time which has taken an awful shape, on which NorthEast United FC’s owner John Abraham issued a statement.
The team Chennaiyin FC hosted NorthEast United on Thursday for the league’s second round matches at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. The Marina Machans drubbed the Highlanders by 3-0 in regulation time.
But, an incident at the stadium-stands which surfaced through social media has sparked serious outrage from football fanatics across the country.
The video revealed a boy mocking a Northeastern girl and her friends with his impolite gestures.
Here’s the video:
— Khalid Mahmood (@TheReal_Khalid) November 23, 2017
John Abraham condemned the incident and has issued a stern statement, commenting that Chennai’s co-owner and Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan or himself will never condone such incidents and that he will personally meet the victimised girl and has issued a warning to the ‘fake’ fans that he will find them.
Here’s the full statement:
Statement: NEUFC stands by the the passionate supporters who faced untoward incident at the Marina Arena in Chennai last night. Here is a brief statement from our owner John Abraham. #Highlanders we are with you. #8States1United pic.twitter.com/ceej8iVvG3
— NorthEast United FC (@NEUtdFC) November 24, 2017
Chennaiyin forward Jeje Lalpekhlua hailing from Mizoram confirmed that an investigation is underway.
Hei hi kan ngai serious viau e. Investigation anti mek e. An man chhuah ngei pawh beisei ani ati tu te hi.
— jeje lalpekhlua (@jejefanai) November 24, 2017
Chennaiyin FC has a very strict and firm policy against racism and any unbecoming behaviour in the stadium. The club strongly condemns any such act. We are looking into any such incidents and will take strong action against it. pic.twitter.com/0ZD2VjMCBM
— Chennaiyin FC (@ChennaiyinFC) November 24, 2017