ISL LIVE: Crowd prohibited for NorthEast United vs Bengaluru FC tie

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In spite of trouble and unrest, NorthEast United will host Bengaluru FC at Guwahati for their Indian Super League match tomorrow (Wednesday). However, the match will create an unwarranted, but unavoidable history for the ISL.

For the first time in Indian Super League’s history, the match between NorthEast United FC and Bengaluru FC in Guwahati on Wednesday will be played behind closed doors due to the unrest in wake of the Citizens Amendment Act.

“Hero Indian Super League Match 40 at Guwahati between NorthEast United FC vs Bengaluru FC, scheduled on Wednesday, December 18, will now be played behind closed doors,” ISL has confirmed 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 safety of fans, players and staff of paramount importance, which has led to this decision,” it added.

Sporting activities took a hit in Guwahati last week after an ISL game and a Ranji Trophy cricket match were suspended on October 12 because of curfew.

NorthEast United’s earlier home match against Chennaiyin FC here was postponed after the host city was placed under a curfew following protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Earlier, a Bengaluru FC team source said Wednesday’s match was very much on schedule. “As of now the match is on, our players are traveling to Guwahati by tomorrow morning flight from Bangalore,” a BFC official said.

Guwahati had plunged into chaos last week with early protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, forcing the authorities to place the state under curfew on December 11 night.

Assam, the gateway to the northeast, is calm now with curfew relaxed and people going about their lives normally. However, peaceful protests are continuing in Guwahati and other places.

Sporting activities had taken a hit in Guwahati last week after an ISL game and a Ranji Trophy cricket match were suspended on October 12 because of curfew.

NorthEast United’s earlier home match against Chennaiyin FC in Guwahati was postponed after the host city was placed under a curfew following protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

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