FC Goa complains after technical staff hit by stone in Kochi

ISL franchise FC Goa has lodged a complaint with the league and its opponent in the last match – Kerala Blasters – after its technical staff was hit by a stone while he was helping the substitute players warm up on Sunday in Kochi.

The match was being played at the Pt Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Expressing concerns over safety of the away team and its supporters, FC Goa has called for an inquiry into the incident.

“The safety of our supporters remains one of our paramount concerns.

“The club has reported an incident to the League and the home team regarding the safety of the club staff where a member of the technical team was hit by a stone while helping the substitute players warm up,” FC Goa said in a statement.

“FC Goa has requested the Kerala Blasters’ management to conduct an inquiry into the matter,” the club added.

Kerala Blasters ended its 10-game losing streak against FC Goa with a 3-1 win in the Indian Super League in Kochi.

It was the side’s first win over Goa since November 2016.

“FC Goa would like to communicate that the club has written to the Kerala Blasters management expressing concerns in regard to security that was provided to the club and our travelling supporters during our latest game in Kochi on Sunday.

“The club has highlighted particularly the issues faced in the ‘Away Stand’ which had a large presence of home fans, which led to unsavoury incidents which the club believes could have been easily avoided.”

Goals from Adrian Luna, Dimitrios Diamantakos and Ivan Kaliuzhnyi within the space of 10 minutes secured all three points for the Blasters, while Noah Sadaoui scored for the Gaurs.

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