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Atletico de Kolkata's Baljit Sahni [L] and FC Goa defender Gregory Arnolin during the matchISL website

French defender Gregory Arnolin doesn't seem to be happy at all after what transpired between him and Indian forward Baljit Sahni during an Indian Super League encounter between FC Goa and Atletico de Kolkata at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on 7 October.

Arnolin took to social media to vent his anger at accusations made by Sahni; the defender said that his lawyers are determined to look into it. 

The utility player from Punjab, Sahni, received a booking from the referee during the 61st minute of the match after making a needless challenge on the FC Goa defender after the latter stopped Sahni in his tracks to get into the box and pull the trigger.

A bizarre incident followed moments later as the East Bengal man headbutted the 34-year-old Frenchman, and the centre-back fell on the ground clutching his head. This action triggered referee Pranjal Banerjee to show the Indian footballer a direct Red.

The All India Football Federation also decided to impose a hefty penalty of Rs 5 lakh on Sahni and suspension of two matches "for breach of the All India Football Federation Disciplinary Code (Article 58) of Offensive Behavior and Fair Play".

Sahni spoke to Bengali tabloid Ebela and said the Frenchman racially abused him -- something that shocked Arnolin.

"After reading the serious accusations, which is shocking and false against me, I came here to say that soon I will tell my version of what really happened there on the pitch during the game against Kolkata," Arnolin wrote.

"I can't allow anybody to denigrate my image that way and try to lie to the football nation in order to cover his own mistakes that everyone has seen. The images speak for itself...

"I can't allow a situation like that to go unnoticed. My lawyers are already aware of it and we will go till the last consequences to repair all the damages caused," he added.

AIFF Vice President Subrata Dutta confirmed to Goal India of having received a mail from the Indian player regarding the same and said that he has forwarded it to AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das and Atletico de Kolkata co-owner Utsav Parekh to investigate. 

Catch the footage of the incident from the game HERE.

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