During a Group A SAFF Championship game taking place at the Sree Kanteerava stadium in Bengaluru, Indian coach Igor Stimac was shown the red card. Late in the first half for shoving the ball out of the hands of a Pakistani player who was attempting to make a rapid throw-in following a disputed call. At this moment, India was in the lead by two goals.
There was briefly some disagreement on who should take the throw-in. Following a ball-fight between defenders Pritam Kotal and Abdullah Iqbal. Iqbal, though, seized the ball and made a quick attempt to throw it to restart the game. Iqbal was surrounded by Pakistani players as they protested to the referee. After Stimac attempted to knock the ball out of his hands in an apparent attempt to block the rapid throw-in by the Pakistani player. Indian and Pakistani players started encircling one another as the atmosphere on the touchline got worse.
In the middle of both squads crowding one another, Sunil Chhetri attempted to be a voice of reason and was ultimately successful in dividing the combatants. However, the official removed Stimac’s red card and issued yellow cards to Shehzad Anwar. Rahis Nabi, and Indian defender Sandesh Jhinghan in addition to Stimac.
Dramatic dismissal of Igor Stimac
Mahesh Gawli, a former Indian defender, was spotted assisting his country’s squad in the dugout after Stimac’s departure. India defeated Pakistan in their opening SAFF Championships game. With ease after scoring two goals at the end of the first half and two more in the second.
The event happened just before the referee was about to sound the final whistle to signal the conclusion of the first half. India already had a two-goal advantage. Thanks to a mistake by Pakistani custodian Saqib Hanif. He failed to clear the ball and let Sunil Chhetri swipe it away as he approached for a simple tap-in.
The second goal was a penalty when the referee saw Pakistan handball in the box. When the Stimac incident occurred, India was comfortably ahead by two goals. Thanks to a goal by Chhetri from the penalty spot.
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