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I-League 2017/18: East Bengal fans troll Willis Plaza, Uber joins debate to rub salt into the wound

Willis Plaza
Willis Plaza
Modified 21 Jan 2018

What's the story?

The first Kolkata Derby of 2018 was comfortably won by Mohun Bagan as they beat arch-rivals East Bengal 2-0. The East Bengal fans, left frustrated by striker Willis Deon Plaza's poor performance, tried to troll the striker on Twitter. However, cab booking app Uber got in the midst of all the drama. The official handle of the company sent out a tweet which only added to Plaza and East Bengal fan's woes.

In case you didn't know...

The Kolkata Derby is one of the oldest derbies in Asia and also one with very high average attendance. East Bengal have won the derby 127 times while taking into account today's victory it can be safely said that Mohun Bagan have won the marquee clash on 117 occasions while there have been 119 draws till date. Indian football legend Baichung Bhutia holds the record for most number of goals scored in the Kolkata Derby.

The heart of the matter

Cameroonian forward Aser Pierrick Dipanda scored two goals in the first 35 minutes to give the Mariner's a 2-0 lead. East Bengal fans were infuriated by their club's performance and one supporter even took to Twitter to inform about the situation on the ground.

The same fan then trolled striker Plaza on Twitter by sarcastically asking Uber to transport the foreigner to the Kolkata Airport. 'Uber Support', the official Twitter handle of the company's customer support team, obviously didn't get the joke and replied saying that a ride needs to be booked by logging onto the app.

Twitterati made a mockery of Plaza as they continued posting hilarious comments.


It didn't stop there as 'Uber India Support' took the matter seriously and asked the fan whether his problem was solved or not.


What's next?

Mohun Bagan rose to fourth position on the table with this victory. They have 16 points in their bag in 10 games and trail leader Minerva FC by six points. Having said that, it must be noted that the Punjab side has one game in hand.

Author's take

The quick response by the cab aggregator app Uber was well received by its followers and added on to the frustration of the East Bengal fans. The Red and Golds need to perform out of their skins to harbour any hopes of winning the title.

Published 21 Jan 2018, 16:46 IST
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