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Bengaluru FC asked by Ministry of External Affairs to defer Maldives visit, cites advisory

Ministry of External Affairs directed Bengaluru FC to defer their visit to the Maldives for the AFC match in Male City, scheduled for Tuesday, owing to the state of emergency in the island country.

Written by Mihir Vasavda | New Delhi | Updated: February 11, 2018 4:43 pm
bengaluru fc The MEA’s intervention comes a day after the Maldives National Defence Force promised full support to the Indian side for its playoff match against TC Sports Club at Male’s National Stadium. (Source: ISL)

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday directed Bengaluru FC to “defer” their visit to the Maldives for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) match in Male City, scheduled for Tuesday, owing to the state of emergency in the island country. The government told the club to “strictly adhere” to the MEA’s travel advisory issued on February 5, in which Indian nationals have been advised 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 support to the Indian side for its playoff match against TC Sports Club at Male’s National Stadium. Bengaluru FC were scheduled to depart on Sunday afternoon, however, their plans have now been thrown off track.

The government has also got in touch with All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das on the issue.

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.”

maldives news, maldives crisis, maldives emergency, bengaluru fc, aiff, afc cup, bengaluru fc vs maldives, bengaluru fc football, football news, indian express Maldives is in a state of emergency. (Source: Reuters)

It is believed that Bengaluru FC and AIFF will now request AFC to conduct the match at a later date. The continental body was apprised of the situation on Saturday evening. However, they have insisted that Bengaluru FC make the trip, pointing to the written assurance given by the Maldives National Defence Force.

At the time of going to press, no final decision was taken on whether the Bengaluru FC team would board the flight to Male on Sunday afternoon. A club official said they had “left their fate in the hands of the AIFF”. A senior federation official, meanwhile, said the club “cannot go” if the government does not give the go-ahead. The AFC did not respond to an email requesting comment.

In case AFC does not reschedule the match, TC Sports Club of Maldives will be given an automatic 3-0 win on match day. That will leave Bengaluru with an uphill task in the return leg on February 20.

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  1. The Void
    Feb 11, 2018 at 8:53 am
    CONVERTS MUST REALIZE AND QUESTION that when those mugal terrorists attacked India they did not come with women, all were fighting army, then from where they got women to rape, to breed??............... Of course answer is those poor and defenseless Hindus whose males were murdered by those terrorists and women taken as secx slaves, these captured women were used as slaves to breed muslim children ............. SADLY those children still call themselves muslims,,, without realizing those HORRIFYING details behind their Brutal Conversion History............ PLEASE go through the Brutal Conversion History from pakistan to India to bangladesh at least once, it will make you feel DUMB, SICK AND GUILTY when you realize that in ignorance you people defend and praise murderers of your own fathers, rapists of your own mothers.......... And if you dont feel guilty and sick, then you are STILL a mugal slave. PS: How do you people even relate yourself to those "FOREIGN" attackers?
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    1. The Void
      Feb 11, 2018 at 8:52 am
      HOW POOR AND DEFENSELESS HINDUS WERE brutalized by terrorists like khilji from turkey, taimur from mongo lia and akbar aurangjeb from uzbekistan ancestory to convert them to islamic cult is a historical fact................... But you know whats ""THE MOST MISERABLE FACT?"" its this, that even after islamic terrorist rule is over, these converts STILL call themselves muslims, they STILL follow arabic culture, read their literature, and STILL praise and defend rapists, murders of their own family ancestors!................... they even name their children after those tormentors! What a pity!!................. Its called doing MENTAL SLAVERY, and this HABIT of mental slavery is due to inter-generational PHYSICAL SLAVERY for almost 1000 years....... But converts need to show right understanding and courage to break free themselves from this vicious cycle of mental slavery.
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      1. The Void
        Feb 11, 2018 at 8:52 am
        WHY ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION AND ALLAH NOT A GOD.......Cult of islam was created by pedophile fraudster mohammad just recently in 7th century, before 7th century there was NO ISLAM, NO ALLAH, NO MUSLIMS............. ancestors of mohammad were worshipers of LORD SHIVA, but insipred by jesus's fame mohammad also wanted start HIS OWN CULT just like jesus, so he created concept of islam and allah......... but KABA IS KAILASH, even today all you converts worship the SHIVALINGA AT KABA, its called HAZRE ASWAD...........and allah is one of the names of MOTHER GOD AMBA in Sanskrit........King Vikramaditya have accounts of visiting that Kaba Shiv Mandir, these accounts are still there in a book called SAYAR-UL-OKUL.............Mufti Muhammad Ilyas also says Shiva is the first Prophet of muslims.... "Ex-MUSLIM" and ACTIVIST ALI SINA also says there is nothing like islam.....converts should search and read their (short) history and you people will come to know that all this is true..islam is FAKE.
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