SC East Bengal played out a 1-1 draw against Hyderabad FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Friday. After this draw, SC East Bengal assistant coach Tony Grant blamed poor referring for the draw.
The assistant coach said the referee denied penalty to East Bengal due to the influence of Hyderabad coach Manuel Marquez. HE said, "I think there are more ways to describe (what happened). Not getting that penalty. It happens in every game. We have blatant decisions going against us. Unlucky is not what happened. Their coach is speaking to the linesman and their coach tells the linesman what to do. And their linesman instructs the referee that's not a penalty. (The influence came) purely from the coach. One, that is illegal. Two, the linesman should be making his own decision." He further explained, "The referee was about to blow for a penalty. (Then changed because) the linesman said so, because the coach said so which is an absolute disgrace. I don't know what goes on. Our manager is unfairly sitting in the stands for four games. They should practice what they preach. A player who worked hard, worked tirelessly, all game to get an opportunity. He gets an opportunity, he gets kicked. It's a penalty. I think it will happen next week, the week after, I don't know how it will change. But it has to change."
In the 59th minute of the game, Bright Enobakhare scored goals for East Bengal, who seemed to be cruising towards the win until the stoppage-time leveler from Aridane Santana. The result extended the Nizams' unbeaten run to nine games.