​I-League side Gokulam Kerala have released a statement in response to Real Kashmir officials manhandling the south-Indian club's CEO Ashok Kumar at the EMS Corporation Stadium on Friday after an argument over the quality of training ground provided to traveling teams.


On ​their official website, Gokulam Kerala revealed that Real Kashmir was allotted the Kozhikode Medical College ground for training after the inspection was done by the match commissioner on Thursday.


The statement said, "Real Kashmir FC was allotted Kozhikode Medical College ground for training after the inspection done by the Match Commissioner on Thursday. Due to hartal, we had difficulty in arranging transport to Medical College Ground on time. The training time was at 10 am and the bus reached at the hotel at 10.06 AM."


The Kerala based club further stated, "But instead of waiting for the bus, the whole Real Kashmir team barged in to the stadium and started to make a melee. The strike and the difficulty to get transport were informed to them and the AIFF officially on Wednesday itself."



Describing their side of the story, Gokulam claimed, "However, the players and officials barged into the stadium, hurling abuses. When our CEO requested them to leave the stadium, they manhandled our CEO and Kozhikode District Football Association official Hammeed. They snatched Hameed’s mobile phone and threw it on ground, thereby destroying it. They went on to train at the ground. During training they intentionally destroyed two Hero I-League runner boards."


Talking about their track record of hosting games previously, the club stated, "Gokulam Kerala FC has been a good host to all the travelling teams. No teams were allowed to train at the field of play match day minus one. The home team also trains at the same venue of the away team."


Finally revealing that they have complained to AIFF regarding Real Kashmir officials' misconduct, Gokulam Kerala stated, "Instead of behaving like professionals, Real Kashmir FC officials behaved like a set of hooligans. We have officially complained to the AIFF about the misconduct of the Real Kashmir officials."


Earlier, Real Kashmir's official twitter handle posted the two videos, one calling the training ground 'a dump' and another wherein their club's head coach and staff were asked to leave the ground.



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However, the issue was then brought to a close when Real Kashmir posted the below tweet:



Some more heated exchanges between the two clubs on Twitter:



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