Bencherifa lands in soup for alleged racist remark - report

The Moroccan coach was at the center of controversy when he had a confrontation with the match officials after a 3-0 win over Prayag United in a local league game...

Controversy has been sort of synonymous with Mohun Bagan this season. Their actions during the Kolkata Derby in December led to them being fined heavily and resuming their season with their points being docked until matchday 10.

Their coach Karim Bencherifa did that reputation no harm when the match officials in charge of a Calcutta Football League (CFL) match alleged that the Moroccan was guilty of using racially abusive language at the end of the game.

“There was a racist remark. That was not expected from such a reputed coach… We might mention the incident in the referees’ report,” the match-commissioner Bikash Mukherjee said to The Telegraph.

It must be noted that former national coach Bob Houghton was embroiled in controversy where referee Dinesh Nair had levelled racism allegations against the Englishman for having called him "A Bastard Indian Referee." Though Houghton denied having ever made those remarks, eventually his sojourn as the national coach came to an end with the above mentioned incident playing a big part.

The incident in question took place when Karim went to shake the hands of the referee after the game had ended in a 3-0 win to the Mariners. The former Salgaocar coach used some colourful language at referee Ranjit Bakshi which resulted in a fracas.

Bagan midfielder Quinton Jacobs’ late red card in the game could have provoked such a reaction from the coach. Jacobs will miss the Calcutta Football League derby against East Bengal on Thursday as a result of the suspension/

However the match commissioner revealed that Bencherifa apologized for his actions.

“He apologised, saying that things happened in the heat of the moment… But then, we are really hurt. There is no point in apologizing. The way Karim has behaved today is shameful,” he said.

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