The Indian Super League match between NorthEast United FC and Chennaiyin FC, which was supposed to be played at Guwahati on December 12, has been postponed due to the ongoing unrest in the region.
In a statement released to the media on December 12, ISL authorities said that “due to the ongoing unrest in Guwahati, the match has been postponed until further notice”.
NorthEast United FC was supposed to play Chennaiyin FC at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium at Sarusajai in Guwahati from 7:30pm onwards on December 12.
While Section 144 has been clamped in Guwahati, mobile internet services have been stopped across 10 districts in Assam since 7 pm on December 11 as protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill intensified across the state.
“The League has been in consultation with the concerned authorities over the past 48 hours to determine the best course of action. The safety of fans, players and League staff is of paramount importance, which has led to this decision. Further information regarding the match will be conveyed in due course,” the league statement said.
Chennaiyin FC players are holed up at a hotel near Downtown in Guwahati while match officials are stuck at a hotel at Paltan Bazaar, The News Mill was informed.
Sources confirmed The News Mill that while the match has been postponed, there will not be any sharing of points at this stage as the match will be scheduled at a later stage. “The match will be organized at a later state. We have this information. Now we are just trying to get the away players and match officials, along with the TV crew, leave the city for their next assignments,” a source said.
NEUFC are scheduled the play their next match at home, against Bengaluru FC on December 18. Chennaiyin FC will next play Kerala Blasters at Chennai on December 20.