In Kerala to play against Gokulam Kerala FC, the members of the Real Kashmir FC have complained of mistreatment by the authorities in the state. In a series of tweets from their official handle, the team has accused the host team Gokulam Kerala FC officials of abusing them and not providing them transport facility and the ground for training ahead of their clash on Saturday.
“RKFC (Real Kashmir FC) head coach and staff being asked to leave training ground. ‘This is Kerala not Kashmir’ @realkashmirfc told. Strange,” the tweet read.
“Does this look like a training ground??? Team @realkashmirfc had to train on this dump as no ground or transport provided for training today in Calicut.@ILeagueOfficial,” read another tweet.
Both tweets were accompanied by the videos, showing the confrontation with a Gokulam Kerala FC official and that of the ground where the team was forced to practice in the absence of a proper ground.
However, in response Gokulam Kerala FC denied any mistreatment of the team.
“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,” a tweet issued by the team read.
“Before the bus arrived, RKFCs officials who are staying in a nearby hotel invaded the EMS Stadium, where training a day before the match is not allowed by any MC. To keep this in track, we refused to let them train in the EMS,” read another tweet.
One more tweet from Gokulam Kerala FC went like this:”
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.
Note, Mr. Robertson called our CEO a “a fu**** ba****” for doing the things he had to do”.
Later, former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also joined the fray.
“Have been told @realkashmirfc are facing numerous difficulties down south in the run up to their clash against Gokulam Kerala FC to the point where they are unsure they will be safe playing tomorrow. Request local authorities to intervene to ensure safety of players & staff,” Omar tweeted.
Real Kashmir FC is the newest team to gain entry into prestigious I-League after beating Hindustan FC 3-2 at Bengaluru. Currently playing it’s first I-League, Real Kashmir has already proved its mettle by beating the major team including the defending champions Minerva Punjab.