MEA asks Bengaluru FC to defer Maldives visit, cites advisory

MEA asks Bengaluru FC to defer Maldives go to, cites advisory

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday directed Bengaluru FC to “defer” their go to to the Maldives for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) match in Male City, scheduled for Tuesday, owing to the state of emergency within the island nation. The authorities informed the membership to “strictly adhere” to the MEA’s journey advisory issued on February 5, during which Indian nationals have been suggested to “defer all non-essential travels to the island nation until further notice”.

The MEA’s intervention comes a day after the Maldives National Defence Force promised full assist to the Indian facet for its playoff match towards TC Sports Club at Male’s National Stadium. Bengaluru FC had been scheduled to depart on Sunday afternoon, nevertheless, their plans have now been thrown off observe.

The authorities has additionally acquired in contact with All India Football Federation (AIFF) basic secretary Kushal Das on the difficulty.

In a letter to Srinivas Murthy, Head of Operations, Bengaluru FC, MEA under-secretary (Maldives, Indian Ocean Region) Sushil Prasad wrote: “This is in reference to the newspaper article… in The Indian Express Delhi edition of today about the visit of Bengaluru FC to Male to play a match of Asian Football Confederation Cup against TC Sports Club of Male at National Stadium in Male on February 13, 2018… Since the state of emergency imposed in the Republic of Maldives since February 5, 2018, India has issued a travel advisory… advising Indian nationals to defer their trip to the Maldives until further notice. Bengaluru FC is advised to adhere to it strictly and defer their proposed visit to the Maldives.”

It is believed that Bengaluru FC and AIFF will now request AFC to conduct the match at a later date. The continental physique was apprised of the scenario on Saturday night. However, they’ve insisted that Bengaluru FC make the journey, pointing to the written assurance given by the Maldives National Defence Force.

At the time of going to press, no ultimate choice was taken on whether or not the Bengaluru FC crew would board the flight to Male on Sunday afternoon. A membership official mentioned that they had “left their fate in the hands of the AIFF”. A senior federation official, in the meantime, mentioned the membership “cannot go” if the federal government doesn’t give the go-ahead. The AFC didn’t reply to an electronic mail requesting remark.

In case AFC doesn’t reschedule the match, TC Sports Club of Maldives will likely be given an computerized 3-Zero win on match day. That will depart Bengaluru with an uphill job within the return leg on February 20.

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