KOLKATA: Two months after his stint as Governor of West Bengal, The Ganesan nationally criticized for pushing Indian football talisman Sunil Chhetriin order to be clicked during the Durand Cup awards ceremony here.
The 38-year-old Indian captain added an elusive Durand Cup title to his illustrious career when he led Bengaluru FC to their first crown in Asia’s oldest football tournament after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over their Indian Super League rivals Mumbai City FC at the Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday.
But the awards ceremony became controversial when Chhetri was pushed by Ganesan as the trophy was handed over to the player in the presence of state sports minister Aroop Biswas.
Realizing he’s not in the “picture frame”, Ganesan shoved Chettri and the player obliged.
There has been no response from champions Bengaluru FC or the governor’s office yet, but the incident has been widely criticized on various social media platforms.
“Shameful,” former India flyhalf-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra wrote on his Twitter account.

“Five seconds that show you everything that is wrong with Indian sport. It looks like they won the Durand Cup, not Sunil Chhetri and Bengaluru FC!” wrote Joy Bhattacharja, former team manager of the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Sivasakti Narayanan opened the scoring for Bengaluru early in the first half, but the Islanders equalized Apulia Ralt before the break.
A magical Chhetri corner then brought in the winner as his delivery floated with the pace for Alan Costa to rise to the occasion and do the needful.
Chhetri spoke about the importance of the Durand Cup in his career.
“Two decades is a bit long but if it meant doing it in the blue of Bengaluru it was worth trying every season,” Chhetri tweeted, posing with the trophy with his wife Sonam.
“Durand Cup Champions – would have been a shame if an army kid playing football professionally never had the chance to say that. Come on, BFC.”



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