FC Goa manager Zico alleged that there was a half-time altercation between senior player Robert Pires and Kolkata coach Antonio Lopes Habas in their 2-1 loss on Thursday. Atletico de Kolkata came from behind to beat FC Goa in their backyard to keep their unbeaten streak going.
"One of our players said that he was beaten by the coach of the other team. Pires said he was punched in the face by the Atletico coach and it is very shameful," said a "concerned" Zico.
Zico admitted that he hadn't seen the incident himself but felt that a player like Pires wouldn't lie about an incident like that.
"I am telling you what my players told me and I didn't see that myself but I don't think that Pires will lie and say something that didn't happen. And when the team entered the field in the second half, they were very nervous and during the half time we were only trying to control their nerves and calm them down," he added.
FC Goa's Andre Santos gave the hosts the lead in the 21st minute but they failed to keep the pressure as Cavin Lobo's second-half brace ensured Kolkata's lead at the top grew bigger.
"We created chances like in our previous matches but could not cash on to it and once was unlucky that post came in the way to deny us the second goal which should have sealed the game in our favour. But we will try to win our next match," Zico said after the loss.
(With inputs from PTI)