Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar has dismissed reports which claimed that he was abused by franchise co-owner Preity Zinta following their one run loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mohali on May 9
New Delhi: Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar reacted strongly to a media report which claimed that the team's co-owner Preity Zinta threatened to sack him after the one-run loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League game on Monday, and termed it as "fabricated".
Barely an hour after Preity lashed out at the report on her Facebook page, denying any such incident after the match, Bangar also took to the social networking site to deny the report.
"After our one run defeat against RCB, there was the usual post match discussion on the match with Kings XI owners. Some reports in the media have blown the issue totally out of proportion by fabricating a non existent chain of events..loss by close margin hurts but team has been playing good cricket," Bangar wrote.
"No reported abusive or disrespectful language was against me. Kings XI will continue to fight for its survival in the tournament," the former India all-rounder further stated.
Earlier, a Mumbai-based daily published a news report accusing Preity of abusing Bangar after the match.
"I most definitely DID NOT be disrespectful to our coach nor abuse any one & definitely did not use the FOUR LETTER WORD. Your story reeks of SEXISM and is incorrect & exaggerated beyond words," she wrote on her Facebook page.
"Sanjay & I BOTH have DENIED this story STILL it gets Printed. I am fed up of this nonsense & negativity. Just because our judicial system is slow some Indian Journalists time and again use it to write ANY & EVERYTHING & make soft targets of celebrities," she added.
Kings XI Punjab are languishing at the bottom of the points table with seven losses in 10 matches.
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