Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos, now managing Delhi Dynamos, has expressed his displeasure over the behaviour of Stephen Constantine, saying he “didn’t like the way” the Indian national football team coach spoke to him.
The World Cup and Champions League winning coach was not happy with the fact that Constantine did not pay heed to the franchise’ request of playing the likes of Robin Singh, Sehnaj Singh and Francis Fernandes against FC Goa in their opening Indian Super League (ISL) match last night.
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“Yes I spoke to him (Constantine) and asked if I could keep them (players). I did not like the way he spoke,” Carlos said in the aftermath of the 2-0 defeat at the hands of Zico’s FC Goa.
“I don’t want to speak about the Indian national team because of the way he spoke to me, good luck to him,” the Brazilian was quoted as saying by ‘goal.com’.
Players were to be released by every ISL franchise for the national team commitments who are to play twin 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Turkmenistan and Oman on October 8 and 13, respectively.
Dynamos had expressed their desire to release the players on October 5, which would have been a violation of the stipulated FIFA rules which clearly mentions that the players be released by clubs for international duty at least four days prior.