After getting marching orders in their last game against Bengaluru FC after a heated conversation with referee Vishnu Chauhan, the head coach of United Sports Club will not be allowed to sit in the dugout for the next two games as a repercussion of the same.
This was not it as the 41-year was watching the training session of Mumbai FC from the stands and was later asked by the match commissioner to leave the premises after being repeatedly requested to do the same by the local manager.
The coach was seen asking to see a written copy of the rules that stipulates a rival team official to not watch the training session of the opposition.
Mumbai FC manager Henry Picado brought rule 34 from the I-League regulations to the match commissioner’s attention which states, “During the two (2) days preceding the match, the Official Training Sessions must be opened to the media. Should the clubs wish to close its Official Training Session to the media, it shall open for at least the first fifteen (15) minutes of the training. If the Official Training is to be held at the match stadium, the areas accessible by the media shall be the same areas available to them on match day, and the access to such areas must be security controlled.”
An official from the All India Football Federation, who chose to remain anonymous, opined, “ Though the rules do not directly stipulate that a rival coach shoudn’t watch the opposition’s training, it is up to the team who are training to decide as to who is present in the stadium premises to watch their session. They can tell the stadium authorities that it is a closed door training session and thereafter the security can tell those who are breaching the rules to ensure that they are made to exit.”
Schattorie left the stadium premises in huff and puff.