Updated February 25th, 2024 at 14:21 IST

'NOT ACCEPTABLE': Inter Kashi's Peter Hartley alleges RKFC player spat on him during I-league match

Inter Kashi striker Peter Hartley has allaged that an RKFC player threw spit on him during a heated second-tier football match in I-league.

Reported by: Pavitra Shome
Peter Hartley | Image:X (Screengrab)
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The Indian Football landscape has had a fair share of disputable moments throughout the years. But the latest incident took place during a match in a second-tier Indian football league, and British centre-back player Peter Hartley has flagged the incident over social media which has left football fans enraged. Hartley has accused a player from Real Kashmir FC that he spat on him during an intense clash between second-tier teams Inter Kashi and Real Kashmir FC.

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Peter Hartley calls out Shaher Shaheen, says RKFC player spat on his face  

Accusations flared during the intense I-League match between Real Kashmir FC and Inter Kashi after Inter centre-back Peter Hartley claimed that RKFC's Shaher Shaheen had spat on his face. Hartley's annoyance reached a breaking point when, after the apparent incident, he was issued a red card for strongly pressuring the referee to discipline Shaheen. The tension surrounding the match was further heightened by Real Kashmir's equalizer in injury time.

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After the I-league match, the veteran centre-back player took to X (Formerly Twitter) to express his dissatisfaction over the incident and said he would seek all the options to report the player who spat on him.  

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'17 years I’ve played professional football. Today I was spat into my face by number 16 of [@realkashmirfc]. I’ve played in India for 4 years. This is not acceptable in our sport and certainly not acceptable in this country. I will be exploiting the options to report this player and he’s football club. I can’t believe we are in 2024 and this kind of misconduct is still happening. Very disappointed and feel the player should be punished for he’s actions,' Peter Hartley said on X.

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Peter Hartley has been an active player in the Indian Football circuit and is a centre-back player. Currently a part of the second-tier club Inter Kashi, Hartley competed in the ISL with Jamshedpur FC and had quite a good time with the team. After a stint with Hartlepool United, he returned to India to join Inter Kashi and was the I-League club's first-ever signing.

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Published February 25th, 2024 at 14:21 IST