The Bengaluru City Football Club led by professional Indian football player Sunil Chhetri was asked to leave the Maldives after breaching a Covid-19 related protocol. The Bengaluru FC is in the Maldives to play the scheduled Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.
According to reports, the behavior of the football clubs’ players was dissatisfying as they were seen roaming on the streets of Maldives, breaching the covid protocols set by the authorities. The unacceptable behavior of the player is taken into cognizance by the state authority.
Maldives Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment had earlier termed the behavior of players as ‘unacceptable’ and asked the players to leave the island nation. The owner of Bengaluru FC also termed the behavior of players as ‘inexcusable’ and promised to take stringent actions against the violating players.
The Minister also claimed that the authorities have informed the Football Association of Maldives (FAM) to make necessary arrangements for the player’s departure back to India and his coordination with AFC to postpone the tournament to a future date.
The Bengaluru FC has issued an official statement in regard to the breaching of covid protocols by players. The statement of the FC mentioned ‘error of judgment’ did not align with the ‘highest standards of safety and precautions’ and stringent actions. The statement by Jindal mentioned that three foreign players/staff had been part of the breach and the strictest action will be taken against them. Jindal also issued a formal apology on behalf of the team.
The Maldives was hosting the play-off match and all Group-D matches in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and the AFC deciding for a single venue for the tournament.
Bengaluru FC was scheduled to take on The Eagles in their Group Match tomorrow, i.e. May 11. However, with the breaching of covid norms, the match will be definitely postponed.
— Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) May 9, 2021