Bengaluru FC owner Parth Jindal has slammed Kerala Blasters for their decision to leave the pitch during the ISL play-off game on Friday, March 3, at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.
The game went into extra time with both teams failing to score at regulation time. In the 97th minute, Sunil Chhetri scored from a quick free-kick when goalkeeper Prabhsukhan Gill was still setting up the wall infront of him.
The referee awarded the goal but Blasters were far from happy. They were not prepared to face it, but what happened next was never seen before in ISL history.
Kerala Blasters head coach Ivan Vukomanovic looked visibly frustrated and he urged his players to leave the pitch in protest of the poor refereeing decision.
The Blasters did not return to the field and referee Crystal John finally blew the whistle. Jindal has slammed the decision, and called it a “disgrace”.
The main talking point of the debate is whether the referee blew to whistle to allow the game to continue and whether he was marking the distance of the wall.
It sparked confusion among the fans and officials, but the decision to leave during the game is simply unacceptable.
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