ISL 2017: Chennaiyin FC Supporter Heckles Female NorthEast United Fan; Makes Team Owner John Abraham Angry

Updated: 24 November 2017 18:17 IST

Chennaiyin FC beat NorthEast United 3-0 in the match in Chennai on Thursday.

ISL 2017: Chennaiyin FC Supporter Heckles Female NorthEast United Fan; Makes Team Owner John Abraham Angry
Chennaiyin FC and NorthEast United FC players vie for the ball during a match on Thursday. © Twitter

Chennaiyin FC's resounding win over NorthEast United FC at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Chennai on Thursday was hit by controversy when a video of a home fan heckling and mocking a NorthEast fan in the stands surfaced on different social media platforms. Soon after the video appeared, both the team owners condemned the unwanted behaviour and released a statement in response to the untoward incident. In the video, a man is seen making unpleasant gestures towards a female NorthEast United fan while the other spectators do nothing but watch. The fan being heckled is seen pushing the man away later in the video.

Chennaiyin FC, who had emerged 3-0 victors, have condemned the alleged 'unbecoming behaviour' by a section of their fans and said the club will take strong action.

"Chennaiyin FC has a very strict and firm policy against racism and any unbecoming behaviour in the stadium. The club strongly condemns any such act. We are looking into any such incidents and will take strong action against it," Chennaiyin said in their official Twitter handle.

NorthEast United owner, Bollywood actor John Abraham, too slammed the fan and said the team stood by the person who was "victimised".

"It's deeply disturbing to me when sports becomes an unsafe or unharmonious place for anyone. Everything I have taken back from sport has been only positive, from learning to play with people who are different, learning to take loss with a sense of sportsmanship, winning with humility," Abraham said.

"To the girl who was victimized by these insensitive and thoughtless people, 'we stand with you and you will never feel alone you must've felt at that moment. I will personally meet you and make sure you are OK."

"To the 'fans' who troubled her, I'll call you fake fans because I know that Abhishek or myself would never condone this behaviour from our own true fans. I will find you and make sure you are punished and apologize for your behaviour," Abraham said.

(With PTI inputs)

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Topics : Chennaiyin FC NorthEast United FC Indian Super League Football
Highlights
  • Chennaiyin FC heckled a female NorthEast United fan during the match
  • Video of the incident surfaced on different social media platforms
  • Chennai beat North East United 3-0
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