Mohun Bagan footballers Shilton Paul and Kingshuk Debnath on Thursday travelled with the team to Ludhiana to take part in the club’s I League opener against Minerva Punjab FC. Both of them were penalized by the Indian Football Association (IFA) for harassing the referee during the Calcutta Football League derby which was played on September 24.
Bagan goalkeeper Shilton was fined rupees 2 lakhs while Kingshuk Debnath had to pay rupees 1 lakhs. Both the footballers were also asked to write an unconditional apology to IFA before being allowed to play again.
Accordingly, both Kingshuk and Shilton mailed an apology to the parent body on Wednesday night. But none of them paid the fines before boarding the flight to Punjab on Thursday.