AIFF shifts Minerva Punjab-East Bengal game to New Delhi

Real Kashmir informed in writing that in view of the current uncertainty prevailing in Kashmir, it wants to play its forthcoming match in a neutral venue

East Bengal and Real Kashmir played out a 1-1 draw in its previous league encounter in Kolkata.   -  AIFF MEDIA

At the request of Real Kashmir, the AIFF league committee has shifted the I-League side's home match scheduled for February 28 against title challenger East Bengal to New Delhi.

Real Kashmir informed in writing that in view of the current uncertainty prevailing in Kashmir due to Article 35A, it wants to play its forthcoming match in a neutral venue. Accordingly, the Committee decided to shift the match to Delhi.

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RKFC in its letter also reiterated that this uncertainty was not prevalent in Srinagar for the period from February 16-19.

Subrata Dutta, senior vice president, All India Football Federation’s chaired the Football House on Monday to give a hearing to representatives from both Real Kashmir and Minerva Punjab over the latter not turning up in Srinagar on February 18 for its league match.

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.

AIFF general secretary Kushal Das, and I-League CEO Sunando Dhar were also present as ex-officio members.

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The Committee also decided that the Hero Super Cup will be played in Bhubaneswar from March 15-16, while the final round of the tournament will be played from March 29 to April 13. 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.