One of India’s greatest clubs, the Green and Maroon brigade were unhappy with Khalid Jamil behaving towards one of their staff.
According to Bagan, the East Bengal coach arrived at the stadium five hours prior to the scheduled kick-off on Sunday and demanded the staff to open the dressing room.
However, Mohun Bagan’s media manager refused his demand after citing the competition rules and disappointed Khalid Jamil went on to abuse the staff using offensive words.
Following the incident, Imran contacted the match commissioner who arrived later at the event and allowed the former Aizawl FC coach entry to the dressing room.
But the highlighted incidents took place only after all these when Imran went on to request Khalid Jamil to attend the post-match press conference.
“(Khalid) Jamil wanted to gain access at 8:15 in the morning. When I denied entry, he abused me after which I contacted the match commissioner. Then when the commissioner arrived later in the day, he was allowed entry to the dressing room,” Imran Khan told Goal.
“Things stopped there. Again, after the match, I went to Jamil and requested him to attend the press conference. But he started to abuse using offensive words. He even went on to spit at me.”
East Bengal, who lost the match 1-0, claimed that it was Imran Khan who misbehaved with Khalid and it was not the other way around.
I-League CEO Sunandho Dhar was later quoted as saying, “The time of entering stadium premises varies (according to a game).”