The Indian Super League(ISL) match between NorthEast FC and Chennaiyan FC has been postponed in the wake of protests in Guwahati. The city has been placed under curfew due to protests that the locals have staged against the recently-passed Citizenship (Amendment) bill.
The game was supposed to be played at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Guwahati on Thursday. The ISL in a statement said that because of the ongoing unrest in the city, match 37 of the competition between NorthEast United FC and Chennaiyin FC has been postponed. They have not declared any specific date for the match.
The league authority has been consulting with the local authorities over the last 48 hours about the course of action, said the ISL. They also added that the safety of fans, players and league staff is of utmost importance which is why the authority took the decision. They added that further information about the match will be declared very soon.
Both teams called off their practice and pre-match interactions on Wednesday due to the unrest around the city. Guwahati, the main point of anti-CAB protests has been declared under indefinite curfew on Wednesday night.
Armies have been deployed Assam’s neighboring state Tripura as well. People of these two north-eastern states, especially minorities have been staged massive protests against highly controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB. The newly-passed bill will provide citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from neighboring countries of India.
A team official of the NorthEast United FC said that the team is stuck inside the hotel in Guwahati. He said the players can’t get out of the hotel now as the situation is not good at all.