Indian SAG official threatens Bangladesh official

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Shillong, Feb 9 (IANS) A senior Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) official Ahsan Ahmed on Tuesday said he was threatened by an official of the South Asian Games (SAG) during their women’s football match against the Maldives earlier in the day.

Ahsan, head of the media division of the BFF, told journalists at the post-match press conference that the incident occurred when he was walking towards the end of the goal-post where the Bangladeshi substitutes were warming up at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here.

“He (SAG Official) used slang words and threatened to throw me out of the stadium,” Ashan said after lodging a complaint with the chef de mission of Bangladesh, Ashikur Rahman Miku.

“I am also an AFC (Asian Football Confederation) match commissioner. I know the rules of the game and who can be present on the ground when the players are warming up.”

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Ashan said that as per the rules, one official can be present on the ground when the players are warming up.

Ashan said the Indian official wearing a SAG accreditation card with his name “Nicholas” also used abusive language to another women official who also went to the ground in his place.

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