East Bengal’s I-League game against fellow title aspirants Real Kashmir FC was on Monday shifted to New Delhi from Srinagar due to security reasons in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) sources said. Also Read - India Midfielder Anirudh Thapa Tests Positive For COVID-19 in Doha
“The match will take place on February 28, but in New Delhi due to security issues,” a source told IANS. Also Read - EURO 2020: Cristiano Ronaldo to Sergio Ramos - 5 Players Might be Playing For The Last Time in UEFA's Premier Competition
The matter was discussed at the League committee meeting in New Delhi. Also Read - Football: UEFA Champions League 2021 Final Between Manchester City And Chelsea Moves to Porto With 12,000 Fans
“We have not heard from the AIFF yet. We will make necessary arrangements once we get an official word,” East Bengal CEO Sanjit Sen told IANS.
East Bengal were originally scheduled to take on Real Kashmir on February 10, but saw their match postponed to February 28 due to snowfall in the Valley.
But after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 CRPF troopers were killed, there were doubts whether the match would take place in Srinagar with I-League defending champions Minerva Punjab FC not playing their game in the region despite AIFF’s security assurances.
Minerva had approached the high court challenging AIFF’s refusal to postpone the February 18 match.
East Bengal had requested the AIFF to shift the match to a later date until normalcy is restored in the valley, but the governing body stuck to their guns saying local authorities had assured of all safety to the teams.
But on Sunday, security forces asked the AIFF to postpone a second division I-League match in Srinagar saying it was “too risky” to play football.
Lonestar Kashmir were slated to take on ARA FC at the TRC Football Ground, home to Real Kashmir also, on Sunday.