Controversy Costs Amiri His Place In Chennai Squad
Afghan-international Haroon Amiri was released by I-League side Chennai City FC in the wake of the spat he had with his team coach in their last game versus defending champions Bengaluru FC.
As was reported by Feverpitch earlier, the manager Mr. Soundararajan had benched his star forward for the match but wanted to bring him on after the half-time break. However, Amiri refused to come on and later labelled his coach as “a liar” on Twitter in reply to a journalist questioning him about his “unprofessional behaviour”.
It was widely expected that the team management would take some strict action against Amiri, and that came to fruition a few of hours back when it was announced that they were parting ways. Amiri earlier, while speaking to Goal.com had made several explosive allegations against coach Soundararajan.
According to him, “ Everything is a lie. All the things he (coach Soundararajan) told in the media are lies. I have never misbehaved nor did I refuse to warm-up. I saw my name in the substitutes and I was okay with it but I was also surprised given that I had scored two goals recently. Nonetheless, I was hoping I would be called on as a replacement but the coach did not look at my face and tell me to go warm-up during the game".
He further stated, "He wants to put local players in the positions we play in (referring to a couple of more teammates). He has some kind of inside or outside pressure, I don't know but he puts all these local players in from his other team (Southern Railways)."
Chennai's Madras-born gaffer is also the coach of the Southern Railways team which plays in the amateur leagues of Chennai.
However, Chennai City FC management have stood by coach Soundararajan in this scenario, which was confirmed by a press release earlier today. The Chennai management also revealed that Haroon Amiri was released by mutual consent.