So here’s what happened tonight as tension built up on both sides.
FC Goa coach Juan Ferrando and NorthEast United FC coach Gerard Nus had an ugly spat at the touchline.
The confrontation between the two coaches happened around the 80th minute mark when Nus was waiting to make his substitution. Ferrando was arguing with the fourth official and made a move towards Nus’ technical area when the NorthEast United coach, the youngest in the league, lost his cool at home. The staff from both the teams and FC Goa captain Edu Bedia had to come forward to break the two apart. Both were booked for the same.
The scenes turned uglier close to the stoppage time when Nus was seemingly having an argument with someone on FC Goa’s bench with his back towards the pitch. Alberto Noguera, who came to collect the ball for a throw-in, pushed Nus, who lost his balance and turned around and fell to the ground. Ferrando, who seemingly considered Nus as play-acting, reacted by laughing at Nus and clapping towards him.
However, after the match, Ferrando went towards the NorthEast bench and had the fist bump with Nus.
After the match, when Nus was questioned about the incident, he joked and said, “Basically, I don’t know (about the altercation with Juan Ferrando on the touchline). I think he was interested in joining NorthEast United as he was coming to our side.”
Ferrando, on the other hand, said he would prefer not to talk about the incident and have a face-to-face conversation with Nus about it.