Mumbai FC player Amoes has accused two members of Bengaluru FC (BFC) staff of riling him before he entered the field for the acrimonious I-League clash here on Tuesday.
Amoes stated that this sparked off his aggressive reaction, which led to him entering the stands and confronting fans after the match ended.
Amoes, who played for BFC last season, said: “As I was getting ready to come on as a substitute, BFC manager Premankur Barua and assistant coach Pradyum Reddy began to needlessly threaten me. They said, ‘Come outside, we’ll take care of you’. I couldn’t concentrate on the game. This is pure rowdyism.”
The midfielder added that as he entered the field, a BFC fan hurled abuses at him. “After using foul language, he said that if I was a real man, I should come up to the stands and fight. I am a real man. However, I did not intend to have a physical fight. I was only looking for the guy who made these remarks. There was no fight — this is a false story spread by BFC and its fans,” Amoes told The Hindu on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old Bengalurean admitted that he “was wrong to enter the stands”, but criticised the crowd. “Many of them did not even know that I am a local boy who played for BFC last season. It hurt to be abused by my home crowd. They have no respect for local players. They have no knowledge of local football. These people are not true footballs fans,” he said.
Reddy, on his part, dismissed Amoes’s allegations as “ridiculous”. “It’s absolutely ridiculous. I’m not a person who speaks to anyone like that. As he was coming on, he showed an obscene gesture to the crowd. I shouted at him. Amoes then turned towards me and put his finger on his lips, indicating that I should shut up. I told him ‘we’ll speak after the game’. I reminded him that we (BFC) were the ones who gave him a chance to play in the I-League, and that he’ll be back to playing in the BDFA division (Karnataka League) next season. That’s all that happened,” he said.
Mumbai FC coach Khalid Jamil, who fell to the floor after a bottle was thrown in his direction during the match, stated that Amoes should be forgiven. “If he did do this, it’s not good. This is the first match that he’s playing in his hometown. Amoes was sitting on the bench for 70 minutes. He saw the coach getting abused and being hit by a bottle. So, he couldn’t control himself. He’s a junior boy. I feel that you must forgive him,” Jamil said.
BFC coach Ashley Westwood, however, said that Amoes’s behaviour stems from his coach. Westwood claimed that video evidence conclusively proves that the bottle did not strike Jamil on the head. Jamil faked the injury to his forehead, Westwood said.
Meanwhile, a video of the incident involving Amoes has been posted online by a spectator. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is expected to announce disciplinary action, if any, against all parties involved, in the next few days.
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