NorthEast United FC, Bengaluru FC to play behind closed doors in Guwahati

New Delhi: Keeping in mind the safety
of fans, players and staff, in view of the protests over the
Citizenship Amendment Act in Assam, the Indian Super
League (ISL) announced that the match between NorthEast
United FC and Bengaluru FC at Guwahati will be played on
Wednesday in front of empty stands.
“Indian Super League Match 40 in Guwahati between
NorthEast United FC and Bengaluru FC, scheduled on
Wednesday, December 18, will now be played behind closed
doors,” ISL said in a statement.
“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,” the statement added.
Protests had erupted in several parts of Assam after the
Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by
Parliament last week. The Bill became an act after receiving
Presidential assent. Curfew has now been relaxed in
Guwahati and Dibrugarh during the day time.
The protests had affected daily life in Assam and elsewhere
in the North-East.
Meanwhile, NorthEast United FC holds the fifth spot on the
table with 10 points while Bengaluru FC are placed on the
third spot with 13 points.
Bengaluru FC have played eight matches in the league while
NorthEast United FC gained their points from seven games.

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