Team India coach Stephen Constantine has expressed his disappointment at not being allowed to train the Azadi Stadium for two days after landing in the country with the 22-member squad for their World Cup Qualifier.

“When Iran came over to Bengaluru, we allowed them to train at the match venue for two days expecting that you would receive the same treatment. When you extend courtesies you would always like to be repaid, no matter what,” he stated.

b’Constantine and Indian midfielder Pranoy Halder. AIFF’

“But to our surprise we are being denied to train at the match venue (the Azadi Stadium) for two days.” 

“It was understandable that we would also be training at the match venue for two days simply because we had allowed the Iranian National Team to train at the venue for two days,” Constantine added.

Iran had beaten India 3-0 in Bengaluru and are top of Group D, which means they are in the third round of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers. India are bottom of the table and out of contention for the tournament which will be hosted by Russia.

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