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I-League 2017/18: No FIR registered against East Bengal head coach Khalid Jamil by Aizawl FC fans

601   //    17 Jan 2018, 08:33 IST

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Khalid Jamil facing the media after the match

Despite several reports suggesting that an FIR was filed against Khalid Jamil, Sportskeeda can confirm that no such case was lodged against the East Bengal head coach by the Aizawl FC fans.

“The Fan Club indeed came to the Police Station. But the case was rather civil so we advised them to approach the Civil Court. It was a defamation case and we cannot take any action without the direction of the Court since it is a non-cognizable offence,” said one of the officers at the Aizawl Police Station.

The controversy had erupted when Jamil said, ahead of his side's match against his former club Aizawl, that he was forced out of the former champions' dugout.

“I didn’t leave Aizawl FC. Aizawl told me to go,” were the words uttered by Khalid Jamil at the pre-match press conference on Monday.

In return, a group of Aizawl FC fans called ‘Central Fan Club’ made a press release stating how Khalid betrayed them and that they have filed an FIR against their former boss at Aizawl Police Station.

As mentioned earlier, Khalid Jamil was a former Aizawl FC coach who signed for them in the year 2016. He led his side to a historic I-League campaign by winning the league title in style.

Soon after the season was over, the Mumbaiker signed for Kingfisher East Bengal in a record-breaking 1.25 crore deal. He also convinced his star players like Mahmoud Amna, Laldanmawia Ralte, Lalramchullova and Brandon VL Remdika to join his new side.

However, according to sources, Khalid Jamil was offered double his previous wage by the reigning champions this season but the-40-year-old did not respond to phone calls, SMS and WhatsApp messages sent by the club officials for over a month. Moreover, it seems likely that his statements have hurt the sentiments of the loyal fans or the so-called ‘Red Army’.