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India vs. Pakistan SAFF Championship football game made headlines days before it was scheduled to be played due to visa problems for the visiting Pakistan team. However, a day after the game of India vs. Pakistan SAFF Championship, the Indian team played some excellent football and there was an ugly brawl that involved players and coaches and resulted in a straight red card for Indian coach Igor Stimac.
HOW THE BRAWL STARTED
The Pakistani defender Abdullah Iqbal in India vs. Pakistan SAFF Championship was trying to take a quick throw-in when cameras saw Indian coach Simac pushing the ball out of his hands. Naturally, this upset the Pakistani players, who hurried over to Stimac and began pointing furiously. Rahis Nabi, a player for the English team Redditch United, got into a heated argument with Stimac. The refs jumped right into the action, and the Indian players followed suit.
India vs. Pakistan SAFF Championship. Both Iqbal and Indian defender Pritam Kotal was vying for the ball because they both desired to receive the throw-in. Evidently, Stimac believed that the Pakistani player touched the ball before it left the field of play and therefore India should have been given the throw-in.
HOW IT ESCALATED
Chaos followed as Pakistan players and members of India’s support crew started fighting. Sandesh Jhingan, an Indian defender, got into a little altercation with a Pakistani player, and staffers from that nation also rushed onto the pitch.
Shehzad Anwar, the head coach of Pakistan, also got involved.
Marcelo Schroeder Costa, the goalkeeping coach for Pakistan, was clearly animated. He pushed a few Indian athletes while violently pointing his finger at others. After the game, India’s assistant coach, Mahesh Gawli, told the media that Pakistani players had shoved Indian coach Stimac and that Costa had headbutted Indian team manager Velu Dhayalamani on the field.
CALMER HEADS PREVAILED
India captain Sunil Chhetri and Pakistan’s Number 10 were seen calming things down, along with the referees. Eventually both sets of players and coaches were separated and the match resumed.
The referee showed a straight red card to India coach Igor Stimac. He was no longer allowed to stay on the touchline for the rest of the match and assistant coach Mahesh Gawli oversaw proceedings for India.
Pakistan Head Coach Shehzad Anwar was shown a yellow card and the same punishment was meted out to players Rahis Nabi and Sandesh Jhingan.
THE MATCH RESULT OF India vs. Pakistan SAFF Championship
India won the match 4-0 largely to a hat-trick by captain Sunil Chhetri. It was a very good result for the Men in Blue, not just because it was a good start to the tournament for them, but also because the Pakistan team, though ranked below India in the FIFA rankings (195th), have as many as 9 players who play in foreign leagues.
India’s next match is vs Nepal on Saturday.