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."
📃GKFC requests everyone concerned to put an end to this chapter and focus on the better things, we will continue to be good hosts no matter what others say about us. https://t.co/bzQ04QBgxi— Gokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) December 14, 2018
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.
This is not a training ground. It’s a warm up area of the stadium, lol.— Gokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) December 14, 2018
Errors in this tweet:
1. Had to = Chose to.
2. Not provided = refused by us.
Lights. Camera. Action. 👇🏽😀 https://t.co/wG0iiKzzMk
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:
Yes. Sure.— Gokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) December 14, 2018
“To a point where they’re unsure they’ll be safe playing tomorrow?”
Probably that’s why they didn’t want to practice today? 🤔😀 https://t.co/jttNvklhwy
And just because @realkashmirfc admin woke up a bit early and blurted things out, it doesn’t mean it is the neither right or wrong. Keep your sentiments for “new club from Kashmir” aside and think through the whole situation! 🙏🏼 (n/n)— Gokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) December 14, 2018
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
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)
Update: Today is ‘Harthal’ (Strike) organised by a political party. After a long previous night of arrangements to get the transport for both the teams, we managed to send the bus for RKFC. Medical college ground was booked for RKFCs training. (1/n) pic.twitter.com/xF69SP64D7— Gokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) December 14, 2018