There were still 26 minutes left on the clock, but the coach Ivan Vukomanovic walked onto the pitch and waved his players off the pitch. The players followed their coach to the locker room and did not return to the pitch, despite requests from match commissioner Amit Dharap and a senior football official. Indian Super League (SIL).
According to sources, the Blasters have filed a formal protest with the AIFF, detailing how umpire Crystal John erred in
allowing Chhetri to take the quick free kick, around half a minute after the foul.
“The official complaint clearly states that the referee asked (KBFC captain) Adrian Luna to step away from the ball, so he cannot allow a quick free kick (for the opponents),” an informed source said. of evolution. YOU on Sunday.
“When the referee orders the player to move away, it means that he is asked to erect a wall. When the players have been ordered to move away, the referee must request the free kick to play for the whistle The referee’s decision to allow the goal defies all logic.
Luna told the coach and the players that the referee had used a spray to indicate the position of the ball for a free kick and asked him to move away.
The Blasters have now requested a replay of the match – considered a forfeit with the result 3-0 – and also a ban from the referee
whose decision saw club supporters rail against injustice.
With the semi-final first leg between Mumbai City and Bengaluru scheduled for Tuesday, the AIFF will have to decide on the event within the next 24 hours. Neither the AIFF nor the ISL issued a statement following the walkout at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore, a first for indian soccer.
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Since the walkout, Blasters management and fans have been solidly behind Vukomanovic. Outstanding support and loyalty to the team was on full display after the coach and his players arrived at their home base in Kochi on Saturday.
The team received a grand welcome at Cochin International Airport in Nedumbassery with chants of “We are with you”.
Vukomanovic guided the Blasters to the final in his first season at the club where they lost to Hyderabad FC on penalties.