‘Remove ATK’ has been one of the top controversies in West Bengal recently after fans took to the streets urging ‘ATK’ should be removed from Mohun Bagan – as the die0hard fans feel it dilutes the legacy of the club.Also Read - Robert Lewandowski Beats Lionel Messi, Mohammed Salah to be Crowned FIFA The Best Men's Player 2021
Fans hit the streets on Sunday with placards and protests took place outside the Mohun Bagan club. The fans then marched towards Esplanade shouting slogans asking for the removal of the prefix with Mohun Bagan. Also Read - Romelu Lukaku Deletes Twitter, Makes Change to Facebook Bio as Chelsea Row Escalates
”It is not only our club, it’s our motherland,” read one of the placards. Also Read - I-League Postponed for Six Weeks Due to Rising COVID-19 Calls
Here is a video of the protests:
“Whenever there is an attempt to promote the brand of ATK we have protested. The black colour is not the issue but a close look will tell anybody that the design is the same as that of last season’s defending champions ATK – which is now defunct,” said one of the protesters while speaking to The Indian Express in Kolkata.
Protests were also held in front of the CESC Branch Office at Shyambazar and Bhupen Bose Avenue.
While some hail Kolkata as the footballing capital of India, the city has a rich tradition of football and a massive following of the game. Many born in Kolkata have represented the country and won glory and laurels. East Bengal, Mohammedan Sporting, and Mohun Bagan are some of the oldest clubs in the world.