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Indian Super League 2016: Did Pronay Halder deserve to be red carded?

Mumbai City FC dropped two points at home as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico de Kolkata. The home side dominated the first session of play with Matias Defederico scoring the opener before the half hour mark.

It was after the red card to Pronay Halder in the 71st minute that the visitors began dominating and eventually got the equaliser through Javi Lara.

However, did Halder deserve to get sent-off in the first place?

The former Mohun Bagan midfielder did a fantastic job in doubling up with Sena Ralte to keep Sameehg Doutie quiet all evening.

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He picked up his first booking of the evening when he closed down Debjit Majumder in the 52nd minute. Halder looked to challenge the goalkeeper to win the ball but the custodian cleared in time. There was no touch from Halder on the Indian goalkeeper but the latter went down tumbling in pain and received medical attention, something which was observed even by the commentators.

There was no bone of contention in the second booking picked up by Halder as he hacked Borja Fernandez in the middle of the park in what was a reckless challenge.

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Interestingly, it was Debjit who should have been shown a straight red card in the first half. The 28-year-old failed to judge the flight of the ball inside the box and fumbled with Boithang Haokip around. Just as the ball dropped and Haokip looked to bring it under his control, Majumder’s trailing leg appeared to have caught the Mumbai midfielder.

Referee  Ali Hasan Ebrahim Abdulnabi Alsamaheeji hesitated in what could have been a case of a straight red card and a penalty awarded for the home side.