Pune: The first Maharashtra Derby of the 2017-18 Indian Super League did not disappoint. With a decent crowd support at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune, fans of both the teams were treated to an exciting contest, with the home team securing a 2-1 victory in stoppage time.
However, certain sections of fans from both teams were involved in a bitter brawl after exchanging a heated argument.
While match venues always have a divided section for fans of the home and away team, the Balewadi stadium was a different case, as fans could sit anywhere where they desired. With the intensity of the game increasing, fans got carried away by the rivalry and things soon got out of control. In a video uploaded by one of the Mumbai City fans on Twitter, a few supporters are seen jostling and arguing.
“Total disgrace of Indian football by Pune fans. We Mumbai fans were attacked by broken sharp sticks numerous times. This is been happening in all ISL games. Requirement of Away stands,” the fan captioned.
Total disgrace of Indian football by Pune fans— Hardik Patel (@frankhardik08) November 29, 2017
We Mumbai fans were attacked by broken sharp sticks numerous times. This is been happening in all ISL games.
Requirement of Away stands. @IndianFootball @IndSuperLeague @FCPuneCity @MumbaiCitySC @MumbaiCityFC @PuneCityPolice pic.twitter.com/ihyRk1idbB
“Fans deserve better. We will look into it. On our part, let’s be extra nice to all visiting teams. Let’s not have anyone point fingers at us. Let’s show them the Mumbai way. You guys are the best and we couldn’t have asked for better support. We love you”, said Indranil Das Blah, the CEO of Mumbai City FC on Twitter.
Fans deserve better. We will look into it.— Indranil Das Blah (@indranildasblah) November 29, 2017
On our part, let’s be extra nice to all visiting teams. Let’s not have anyone point fingers at us. Let’s show them the Mumbai way. You guys are the best and we couldn’t have asked for better support. We ❤️ you
Fan clubs of both the franchisees also condemned the incident.
The Orange Army is unaware of events that happened outside of our designated stand.— Orange Army (@OrangeArmyFCPC) November 29, 2017
Having said that, the Orange Army condemns all actions that result in physical harm to away fans.
We are in strong support of separate stands for travelling fans.
This is not the first time that such an incident has occurred during an ISL match. Previously, a Chennaiyin FC fan was spotted racially abusing a northeast female supporter....