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The Moroccan coach rubbished claims that he didn’t credit the players of Pune FC for their win over Mohun Bagan…

Karim Bencherifa and Mike Snoei were involved in a heated argument during the Pune FC-Mohun Bagan tie on Thursday evening. The incident occurred when Bagan’s Eric Muranda appeared to have slapped Anas Edathodika in the second half.

Snoei branded Bencherifa as a ‘bad loser’ and criticized him for choosing to lay the blame on the match officials for not having booked any of the Pune FC players.

“I am surprised because I thought usually a lot of things happen in the 90 minutes. I thought most of the time it doesn’t become personal. It usually stays in the game. I generally believe in this. I am surprised regarding that (Snoei’s comments). Being a bad loser, yes I don’t like to lose. I like to win games and usually work hard for it. It’s because of this winning attitude I have the honour of having won six trophies and being a runner-up on five occasions in my six years in this country,” Bencherifa responded.

The Dutch coach of Pune FC opined that the Mariners could have played a better brand of football had they pushed Ram Malik and Katsumi Yusa further forward.

“Pune FC are well known in the Indian football circles as one of the most professional teams. I don’t think it is professional to speak as to where the opposition team’s players must play or their tactics, something which the previous coach (Derrick Pereira) never did,” was Bencherifa’s sarcastic reply.

Snoei added that Bencherifa chose not to congratulate his players for the victory to which the latter said, “I’m not sure where this comes from. I am saying this because at the end of the game, I went up to my players as well as every Pune FC player and shook hands with them individually. I also complimented the opposition players by saying, ‘Congrats and well played.’ I think that is enough credit given to the winning team.”

The Pune FC gaffer was critical of the style of football in the I-League when he commented that most teams chose to “park the bus.”

“I do not wish to respond. I have better things to keep me engaged,” was Bencherifa’s reaction.

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