Luis Norton de Matos, was the coach of India’s Under 17 World Cup team and later handed over the charge for the revived Indian Arrows project. On December 4th, Arrows played Minerva Punjab FC in the I-League. Arrows having won their first game were facing Minerva who were playing their third being unbeaten. The score ended 0-2 in Minerva’s favour.
The game was a good contest and both teams pretty much gave a good account of themselves but only one team had goals to show for. There was no bad moment in the game but the real sour moment was a day after the game.
Luis Norton decided to take to Instagram to express his emotions on the loss against Minerva Punjab. Below is the post
His anger certainly not directed towards any on-field incident but to point out two things
- Minerva’s right to disallow Anwar Ali, Jeackson Singh and Nong to play in the game
- Minerva’s fielding of five foreign players against Indian Arrows
Every loaned player cannot play against the club from where he is loaned is very well known fact in football. Therefore, Norton either is not aware of this fact or there must a clause saying otherwise.
About fielding a maximum of five foreigner players in an I-League game has been brought into effect for the 2017-18 season. Hence, there is no violation of any terms.
Here is the reaction by Minerva Punjab onwer, Ranjit Bajaj.
The Arrows in the only side in the I-League no not have any foreign player in the squad. It could be a case of crying over spilled milk for Norton and finding excuses to lay blame elsewhere for the loss against Minerva Punjab FC