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ISL match in Ghy postponed amid protest

GUWAHATI/ PTI, DEC 12 (IANS) | Publish Date: 12/12/2019 12:22:58 PM IST

The Indian Super League (ISL) football match between NorthEast United FC and Chennaiyin FC scheduled to be played on Thursday night at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Guwahati has been postponed as the state has been placed under an indefinite curfew following protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

In a media release, ISL stated: “Due to the ongoing unrest in Guwahati; Match 37 between NorthEast United FC and Chennaiyin FC has been postponed until further notice.”
“The league has been in consultation with the concerned authorities over the past 48 hours to determine the best course of action. The safety of fans, players and league staff is of paramount importance, which has led to this decision,” the statement added.
The two teams did not train on Wednesday and pre-match media interactions were also called off.
The contentious bill has been passed by both the houses of Parliament.
Assam witnessed widespread violence on Wednesday, with protesters, including students, taking to the streets across the state, especially Guwahati where the state government has declared an indefinite curfew aimed at maintaining law and order.
The administration has also suspended mobile internet service in 10 districts of the state.
Day four proceedings of the Ranji Trophy games in Guwahati and Agartala were on Thursday suspended due to the curfew imposed in the region following protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Hosts Assam were in the middle of their series-opener against Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) while Tripura were facing Jharkhand.
 “We have been advised by the state association not to go ahead with the game. Players have been asked to remain in the hotel. The players’ safety is paramount,” BCCI GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim told PTI. 
 “Whether the game will be replayed or the points will be shared. We will take a call on that later,” he added. 
 

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