The 30-year old Costa Rican ticked off Prayag United coach Eelco Schattorie after refusing to take the bench when he was substituted in the game against Salgaocar FC...In a team that is star-studded as Prayag United, it is always a difficult task to keep the household names on the pitch despite their poor performances. Carlos Hernandez, a player who had graced the turfs of Germany, as part of the Costa Rican national team for the 2006 World Cup, showed just why it is hard to keep star players in control.
The temperamental attacking midfielder refused to take his place on the bench after being substituted during Prayag United's game against Salgaocar which resulted in a 1-1 draw. Coach Eelco Schattorie substituted the Costa Rican with Mohammed Rafique during the halftime interval. Hernandez did not take his place on the Prayag bench afterward and proceeded to the Media Centre at the Salt Lake Stadium.
Speaking to The Telegraph, coach Schattorie said, "Carlos was absolutely static on the field and is not 100% fit. So I decided to change him." The coach also reiterated that he would be talking to the player afterward to sort the issue out.
"Latin Americans are generally emotional. He has to control his emotions. I will speak to him once he settles down," said the Dutchman.
An official also told The Telegraph that a player, once substituted, cannot leave the bench without the referee's permission.
The Kolkata side found themselves a goal down against Salgaocar thanks to Augustin Fernandes' goal. They later levelled things through a Bello Rasaq freekick. Prayag United will head the I-League table, until East Bengal and Dempo play their matches later today.
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