AIFF shifts Real Kashmir-EB game to capital, Minerva vindicated

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NEW DELHI: In its League Committee meeting on Monday, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced that the I-League match on Thursday between Real Kashmir FC and Quess East Bengal FC has been shifted from Srinagar to New Delhi.

The decision has been taken after Real Kashmir had written to the AIFF explaining the uncertain security situation in the state and requested for a venue change. It had also received an invite earlier from Football Delhi for playing its home games on a temporary basis in the city.

However, the I-League debutantes mentioned that their stance wasn’t the same from 16-19 February, around the time when defending champions Minerva Punjab FC were scheduled to play their match in Srinagar.

Real Kashmir's contentions notwithstanding, the development has buttressed Minerva FC's case, which is awaiting a decision to be taken by the AIFF executive committee on the the issue of being docked three points over the club's refusal to travel for that match following the 14 February terror attacks in Pulwama.

Meanwhile, the Hero Second Division League match between Lonestar Kashmir and JSW Bengaluru FC Reserves scheduled in Kashmir for Wednesday, has been postponed as well.

Amongst other decisions, the qualifiers for the Hero Super Cup will be played in Bhubaneswar from 15-16 March, while the final round of the tournament will be played from 29 March to 13 April. 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.

Whereas, the final round of the Hero Indian Women’s League will be held in May 2019.