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NorthEast United vs Bengaluru ISL match set to be played in front of empty stands

PTI
Published Dec 17, 2019, 10:23 am IST
Updated Dec 17, 2019, 10:23 am IST
This will be the first time that an ISL match will be played for the first time behind closed doors.
The match between NorthEast United FC and Bengaluru FC here on Wednesday will be played behind closed doors due to the unrest owing to the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. (Photo: Twitter)
 The match between NorthEast United FC and Bengaluru FC here on Wednesday will be played behind closed doors due to the unrest owing to the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. (Photo: Twitter)

Guwahati: For the first time in Indian Super League's history, the match between NorthEast United FC and Bengaluru FC here on Wednesday will be played behind closed doors due to the unrest owing to the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

"Hero Indian Super League Match 40 at Guwahati between NorthEast United FC vs Bengaluru FC, scheduled on Wednesday, 18th December will now be played behind closed doors," said a statement from the league.

 

"The decision has been taken by Football Sports Development Limited after due consultation and guidance from the city authorities. The League holds the safety of fans, players and staff of paramount importance, which has led to this decision," it added.

Sporting activities took a hit in Guwahati last week after an ISL game and a Ranji Trophy cricket match were suspended on October 12 because of curfew.

NorthEast United's earlier home match against Chennaiyin FC here was postponed after the host city was placed under a curfew following protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

 

Earlier, a Bengaluru FC team source said Wednesday's match was very much on schedule.

"As of now the match is on, our players are travelling to Guwahati by tomorrow morning flight from Bangalore," a BFC official told PTI.

Guwahati had plunged into chaos last week with early protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, forcing the authorities to place the state under curfew on December 11 night.

Assam, the gateway to the northeast, is calm now with curfew relaxed and people going about their lives normally. However, peaceful protests are continuing in Guwahati and other places.

 

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