Ragging controversy hits Atletico de Kolkata ahead of ISL

Written by: Sujata Sarkar
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Kolkata, Sep 30: Just two days before their kick-off in the third Indian Super League (ISL) on 2nd October, one of the franchises, Atletico De Kolkata (ATK) seems to be in an embarrassing state. [Full schedule of ISL 2016] [Full list of squads for ISL 2016]

One of their students at ATK football school at Barasat, around 25 kilometres from Kolkata city has submitted a written complaint to the franchise director Sanjiv Goenka’s office very recently, seeking justice. [Atletico de Kolkata season preview]

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ATK has two football schools in West Bengal. Both the schools have approximately 20 to 25 students of Under-19 age who have been learning the game for the last one and half months only.

But only in such a short time, goalkeeper Arkadeep Mondal’s father Ajit Mondal has made an allegation against coaches of the academy, Saptarshi Mondal and Barun Sengupta.

Ajit, speaking on the issue, recently, said: "My son is the victim of ragging every day. He is asked by the coaches to run at least 50 yards round the ground alone despite the fact that all other students have finished their physical training. And my son got senseless after completing 20 yards."

The father of that young goalkeeper also complained saying: "That coach had asked his other students to hit balls at my son when one day he was trying to save penalty shots."

Ajit seems to be in great distress now. According to him, the accused coaches have asked him not to send his son anymore to the school. Ajit said, "How can I get my son admitted in any other school now?"

However, both the coaches have refuted allegations, made by goalkeeper’s father. One of the coaches, Saptarshi, when asked about the issue fumed and replied, "That goalkeeper always used to throw abusive languages towards his colleagues and he also often got himself embroiled into the scuffle with his mates. Apart from this, we have never displayed rude behaviour with the students here."

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