Mohun Bagan coach Karim Bencherifa courted controversy after allegedly manhandling a local scribe at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Tuesday. Bencherifa,however,dismissed the charge.
The Moroccan reportedly lost his cool when he spotted the reporter in the players dressing room after the teams practice session. The scribe,who works for a vernacular daily,entered the dressing room apparently to meet Bagans goalkeeping coach. The goalkeeping coach had asked me to enter the dressing room,so I went in. But when the coach saw me,he got infuriated,abused me and threw me out, said the reporter.
Bencherifa,however,strongly refuted the manhandling charge. I was well within my limits to ask him to get out of the dressing room,a place meant only for the players and the support staff. But never did I hit him, he said.