After losing 1-0 against Indian football team in the SAFF Championship 2013 semifinals, Maldives’ coach came all guns blazing, criticizing India for playing negative brand of football, referee for giving poor decisions and local officials for manhandling him!
India just tried to kill us in the first 40 minutes. It was a very bad tackle against Imran right at the beginning, that guy even didn’t watch the ball. They wanted to hurt which is a provocation. Every single time after 2-3 seconds they just made a tackle. – Istvan Urbanyi (Maldives’ Coach)
He further lashed out on the referee, pointing out that the Maldives should have earned a penalty and that was also the turning point of the match.
It’s a penalty, I don’t care about anything it’s a penalty. If you watched the game live it’s a penalty. Ashfaq got the ball at the right time, he touched the ball at the right time and the goalkeeper just came and he wanted to stop him. So the contact doesn’t have to be a huge one, it doesn’t have to break Ashfaq legs, if it’s just there and he doesn’t let him go through the normal way it’s a foul. Which is called penalty. You know the thing is mentally it can be a turning point, but if you play against India who has focused to set pieces and corners it can happen, it can make a one positioning mistake. We had a plan, we practiced and it worked. They didn’t created anything except that moment. So the good thing is that the team has courage to come back after that. So even three minutes left we had two good chances.
He also accused local officials for pushing and shoving him after the match.