MUMBAI: The standard of refereeing in the Indian Super League has been a hot topic for a while now, and reigning champions Bengaluru became the latest victims of a poor decision during their 2-0 defeat to Mumbai City here on Friday.
Having fallen behind to Modou Sougou’s 13th minute header, the Blues thought they had drawn level in added time in the first half when Sunil Chhetri rifled a left-footer past Amrinder Singh at the near post.
The assistant referee, however, adjudged the Bengaluru skipper had taken off just a tad too early to meet teammate Dimas Delgado’s floated ball into the box and raised his flag for an offside violation.
The Bengaluru dugout reacted furiously as they were certain their talisman had timed his run past right back Sarthak Goloui to perfection. Replays proved they had every reason to feel aggrieved as Chhetri was, in fact, well onside when Dimas initiated the pass.
Unsurprisingly, Bengaluru coach Carles Cuadrat didn’t waste any time in his post-match press conference in making his feelings about the decision clear.
“Referee made a very nice present not to give the goal to Sunil,” the Spanish coach hit out. “If I could see it, I don’t know how the linesman could not see it. These guys do not know football. I’m sorry.
“We have been in a meeting this week, we’ve been talking about what can everybody do to improve football in India. And of course, we have to bring good referees. The referee does not know football,” added Cuadrat.