Unable to settle dispute between football matches, UN pulverizes trophies
Failing to settle a dispute over a football match, Alikadam Upazila Nirbahi officer Mehruba Islam broke trophies on Friday night.
Footage of the incident has taken social media by storm. In the footage, UNO Mehruba was seen smashing the champion and runner-up trophies.
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A local Bandarban club named Abasik Juba Sadhin Samaj Club organized a football tournament at Chwikhyong High School ground.
The final match of the tournament took place on Friday at the ground where UNO Mehruba was invited as the main guest.
The final match between Abasik Junior Ekadash and Feffarfari Bazar Ekadash ended in a draw and the two groups got into an altercation, said Saddam Hossain, president of the host club.
Later, Abasik Junior Ekadash was proclaimed champion after a decisive try, but the opposition rejected the result, he added.
During the awards ceremony, UNO Mehruba tried to settle the matter and said that the trophies would be distributed after another game.
As soccer teams and locals rejected her settlement, she smashed trophies, witnesses said.
“I now start the second game of the final by breaking the trophies,” she said, throwing the trophies.
Alikadam Upazila Parishad Chairman Abul Kalam in a Facebook post said the UN had dishonored the people of the upazila. He also demanded his removal.
The UN, however, could not be reached by telephone after repeated attempts.
Bandarban Deputy Commissioner Yesmin Parvin Teermizi said the incident was unfortunate.
“She shouldn’t behave like this. She could take the trophies in her custody and take other action instead of breaking them. The incident is under investigation,” the DC told reporters.