Gunalan won't blame Ukah and Bunyamin after on-pitch scuffle

Selangor defenders Ugo Ukah and Bunyamin Omar got into an altercation with each other in their match against Sarawak, second such incident this season involving the Red Giants.

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Selangor's interim head coach K. Gunalan has refused to comment further on the fight that happened between his defenders; Ugo Ukah and Bunyamin Omar in their 1-1 draw against Sarawak on Wednesday.

In the incident that took place in the league match at the Sarawak State Stadium, Ukah reportedly headbutted Bunyamin after a heated exchange between the two near the end of the match, resulting in a red card to the Nigerian.

According to the Selangor team website, Gunalan said after the match; "I do not want to comment further. I will inform the management. I do not blame the players, but this incident should not have occurred because they are professionals.

"In any case I will discuss the matter with the management so that the best decision can be taken to resolve it."

Alarmingly, this is not the first time that Selangor players have involved in an altercation among each other. Right after their league match against Felda United back in April, Argentinian forward Mauro Olivi got into a heated verbal exchange with midfielder Hafiz Kamal, and Olivi was suspended by the team for it.

Speaking on the result, Gunalan expressed his disappointment as he felt that the Red Giants should have won the match.

"We came to Kuching motivated to win all three points after dropping points at home, in the 1-1 draw against Terengganu in our previous league match.

"We played poorly in the first half and Sarawak took the lead from the penalty spot. But in the second half we played well and had a lot of chances. Both teams went in attack.

"But I think in the last five minutes of the match we should have scored another goal, judging by the way we played in the whole of the second half," he said.

In the match, substitute Adam Nor Azlin equalised for the Red Giants in the 76th minute, to cancel out Junior Aparecido's 40th-minute penalty goal.

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