The Manipuri felt that his team was undone by a series of decisions made by the referee while the club is expected to lodge a formal complaint with the Indian FA...
"In my opinion, I'm not satisfied with the performance of the referee. I feel the referee was partial towards to the Indian junior team," the 55-year-old claimed after the match.
"I wanted a neutral referee. The referee is from Kolkata and the team is from Kolkata," he pointed out, referring to the match official Pranjal Banerji.
Sporting substitute Victorino Fernandes was sent off with a straight red card in the closing stages of the match and Ekendra Singh feels that many decisions against the Arrows were overlooked by the referee.
"There were so many handballs, he (Banerji) did not give any yellow card also. He gave our player a direct red card, but so many red cards were not given [against Pailan Arrows]. Only yellow cards [for them]," Singh lamented.
"I wish to submit a complain to the AIFF (All India Football Federation) also. I also complained to the fourth official. The game was spoiled by the referee's decision," he added.
Ekendra however went on to accept the result in the match after his side failed to capitalise on their chances but reiterated that a neutral referee should have been appointed in the first place.
"Winning or losing is not the matter. We accept the performance. In the first half we missed a very good opportunity by Seiya [Sugishita]. In the second session also we had some chances. The game is like this, but the referee should be neutral," he concluded.
|It is reliably learnt that Sporting Clube de Goa are to lodge a complaint to the AIFF given that the match official was from the same state as belonging to the away side. The Goan club also allege that several decisions went in favour of Pailan Arrows such as those involving 50-50 tackles and handballs.
The red card dished out to Victorino Fernandes was debatable as well as Sporting claim that the foul was unintentional. However the referee allegedly overlooked a red card against a Pailan Arrows player when Dawson Fernandes was hacked down from behind in the first half. Sporting also were disappointed that a penalty wasn't awarded to them when Ogba Kalu Nnanna was brought down which they claim was very much within the box.
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