Real Kashmir vs East Bengal I-League tie shifted from Srinagar to New Delhi

first_imgThe All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Monday announced that the I-League tie between Real Kashmir FC and East Bengal that was scheduled to take place in Srinagar has been shifted out of the city due to “uncertainty prevailing in Kashmir” over speculation of the status of Article 35A.The league tie between Real Kashmir and East Bengal has now been shifted to New Delhi. The decision was taken at the AIFF League Committee Meeting at Football House in Delhi on Monday after Real Kashmir informed in writing that they wanted to play their tie against East Bengal on February 28 in a neutral venue “like Delhi”.Notably, Minerva Punjab, the defending I-League champions, had not turned up for the I-League match against Real Kashmir FC on February 18, days after a terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir claimed the lives of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers.”Meanwhile, RKFC informed in writing that in view of the current uncertainty prevailing in Kashmir due to Article 35A, they want to play their forthcoming Hero I-League match against Quess East Bengal on February 28, 2019 in a neutral venue like New Delhi. Accordingly, the Committee decided to shift the match to Delhi,” an AIFF release noted.”RKFC in their letter also reiterated that this uncertainty was not prevalent in Srinagar for the period from February 16-19, 2019.”The AIFF also revealed that the issue of Minerva Punjab’s refusal to play in Srinagar was brought up during the meeting and the matter has been referred to the AIFF Executive Committee.advertisementMinerva had filed a writ petition in Delhi High Court in anticipation that the AIFF might award three points to RKFC, counting their withdrawal as a forfeiture. However, the court asked the club to take the matter to the League Committee.”The Committee gave a hearing to representatives from both Real Kashmir FC, and Minerva Punjab FC over MPFC not turning up in Srinagar on February 18, 2019 for their Hero I-League match against RKFC. After due deliberation, the Committee keeping in view the Hero I-League regulations decided to refer the matter to the AIFF Executive Committee for a decision,” the AIFF said.Meanwhile, the qualifiers for the Hero Super Cup will be played in Bhubaneswar from March 15-16, 2019, while the final round of the tournament will be played from March 29 to April 13, 2019. The exact dates of the matches for the final round of the tournament will be announced once the schedule of the AFC Cup is finalised.The final round of the Hero Indian Women’s League will be held in May 2019.Also Read | Real Kashmir reveal reason for not tweeting on Pulwama. Very convenient, says Ranjit Bajajlast_img

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