ISL: Bengaluru given playoff win as Kerala Blasters stroll off in protest after controversial Sunil Chhetri freekick purpose


An Indian Tremendous League playoff descended into chaos when the Kerala Blasters walked off the pitch in protest after Bengaluru FC’s Sunil Chhetri scored from a quickly-taken free kick on Friday.

With the rating tied at 0-0 within the first half of additional time, Indian skipper Chhetri stood over a free kick and because the Kerala goalkeeper was organising the wall, the Bengaluru ahead shortly scooped the ball over the defence and into the web.

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The referee awarded the purpose and as Bengaluru’s gamers celebrated in entrance of their residence followers, Kerala’s Serbian coach Ivan Vukomanovic stood along with his arms raised earlier than calling his workforce to the touchline. Vukomanovic and his gamers argued with the match officers earlier than strolling off the pitch in protest and headed straight down the tunnel.

The Bengaluru workforce remained on the pitch and waited 20 minutes earlier than league officers awarded the win to the house workforce. Simon Grayson’s facet will now play desk toppers Mumbai Metropolis within the semi-finals.

“Are you serious @KeralaBlasters – is this how you want this game and our league and Indian football to be depicted globally?” Bengaluru proprietor Parth Jindal stated on Twitter.

“Is this how you want all your thousands of fans to remember this team and this manager? This is a disgrace – congratulations to @bengalurufc – semis!”


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