The 38-year-old Indian captain added an elusive Durand Cup title to his illustrious career as he led Bengaluru FC to their first crown in Asia’s oldest football tournament after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over them. Indian Championship Mumbai City FC’s rivals at Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday.
But the award ceremony was controversial as Chhetri was shoved by Ganesan while the trophy was presented to the player in the presence of State Sports Minister Aroop Biswas.
Realizing that he was not in the “picture frame”, Ganesan pushed Chettri and the player had to accept.
There has been no response yet from the Bengaluru FC champion or the governor’s office, but the incident has gone viral on various social media platforms.
“Shameful,” Aakash Chopra, a former Indian commentator wrote on his Twitter: “Shameful.”
– Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 1663557838000
Joy Bhattacharja, former head of the Kolkata Knight Riders team, wrote: “Five seconds shows you everything that’s wrong with Indian sport. Looks like they won the Durand Cup but not Sunil Chhetri and Bengaluru FC!”.
Five seconds shows you everything that is wrong with the Indian sport. Looks like they won the Durand Cup but not… https://t.co/ej0qAIToNJ
– Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) 1663557239000
Sivasakthi Narayanan opened the scoring for Bengaluru early in the first half but the Islanders equalized Apuia Ralte before the break.
A magical Chhetri corner then brought victory as his serve drifted in tempo to give Alan Costa a chance and do what was needed.
Chhetri spoke about the importance of the Durand Cup in his career.
“Two decades is a bit of a wait, but if that means doing it in the blues of Bengaluru, it’s been a season worth trying,” Chhetri tweeted, posing with the trophy with wife Sonam .
“Durand Cup Champions – it would be a shame if a professional Army kid never got a chance to say this. Come on, BFC.”
Two decades is a bit of a wait, but if that means doing it in Bengaluru’s blues, that season is well worth it o… https://t.co/yhg7z3Jb6a
– Sunil Chhetri (@ chetrisunil11) 1663525661000