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My death would have avoided suspension: Nabi

A day after the suspension of his club from I-League till 2014-15, beleaguered Mohun Bagan mid-fielder Syed Rahim Nabi today said his ‘death’ on that December 9 derby could have avoided his club of the severe punishment by AIFF.

In a press statement, Nabi, who had sustained two fractures in his cheekbone after being hit by a stone during the violence-marred match against East Bengal, questioned the suspension and held himself ‘responsible’ for the crisis. ‘With deep pain, I say that we would not have been deprived of football if I was killed in that incident on December 9,’ an emotional Nabi wrote in Bengali in the statement.

‘In a way, my injury is responsible for Mohun Bagan's decision to withdraw the team after the interval. Many had said, if the stone had hit me somewhere else (head), it would have been difficult to escape death. It makes me feel that if I was killed that day, the national club would not have meted out such a harsh punishment.’

Fully supporting Mohun Bagan's decision, he further wrote: ‘Mohun Bagan were forced to take such a decision keeping in mind football and football-loving people. Had we played in the second-half, more spectators or players might have been injured,’ he said.
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