Indian External Affairs ministry has asked India Bengaluru FC team, who was to arrive today for a match with TC club Maldives in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup to follow the travel advisory for Maldives amid state of emergency.
Indian Express reported that the ministry had informed the club to follow the travel advisory, through a letter.
AFC on Saturday decided to follow through with the schedule of matches after Maldivian defence forces had given security assurance. In a letter sent to AFC by the Maldivian National Defence Force (MNDF), it had insisted that the current situation in the country is safe for the match. It also assured that the safety of Bengaluru team would been ensured.
While a Bengaluru team official told Mihaaru that they are waiting for a response from AFC, a senior official from Indian Football federation said that they cannot go against the orders of the government.
If Bengaluru team fails to show up for the match, TC would automatically be announced the winner and Bengaluru could possibly be fined.
Football Association of Maldives’s (FAM) general secretary Hussain Jawad said that there are no restrictions to the match, and that it has informed AFC as well.
This comes amid the Asian Volleyball Confederation deciding to change the venue for Asia’s under 19 Beach Volleyball Competition from Maldives to Thailand after the declaration of state of emergency.