Minerva Punjab to get a REMATCH with Real Kashmir after filing case in the HIGH COURT

Nitish Bhan  |  I-League  |  2 Weeks Ago

The All India Football Federation has confirmed that the defending I-League champions, Minerva Punjab, will be getting their rematch against debutants Real Kashmir. Earlier the return-leg fixture between the two sides scheduled on the 18th of February had to be cancelled, citing security concerns after a terror attack in Pulwama which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF jawans.


 The champions decided not to make the trip to Srinagar after the embassies of their foreign players advised them against it, not able to assure the security for the footballers, amidst escalating tensions between India and Pakistan and with imminent threats of more terror coups.


Minerva stated that the AIFF had failed to give it in writing about security assurances for the travelling band, after an engulfing pandemonium taking hold of the valley.


Due to such adverse conditions, the game was never played between the two sides and I-League CEO, Sunando Dhar, recently said in a statement, "The AIFF Emergency Committee on Monday decided that there will be a re-match of Real Kashmir and Minerva Punjab but the date and venue are yet to be decided."


"We have communicated this to Real Kashmir (since they are the host team) and we will take a decision (on the venue and date) after they give a reply. The plan is to have the match before the Super Cup preliminary round starts (on March 15).


I do not wish to say anything on date and venue now.”


There is a high possibility that the venue of the game could be changed, as the tensions haven’t died down yet. There are still some futile elements that are proving to be a distraction and this might urge the AIFF to move the match to a neutral ground which will also see the game happening and without much terror concerns.


Minerva hasn’t done really well this time and is languishing almost at the rock-bottom of the league just above Shillong Lajong and will want to win this fixture at any cost to salvage some pride, though their rivals will be hoping to put in yet another impressive performance. Real Kashmir has proved themselves to be potent giant-killers for this season and will look forward to ending their maiden campaign on a positive note.



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