ISL 2019-20: NorthEast United-Bengaluru FC clash in Guwahati to be open to spectators after organisers reverse decision

The Indian Super League match between NorthEast United FC and Bengaluru FC, to be held in Guwahati on Wednesday, will be open to spectators, the organisers announced, reversing their earlier decision to hold it behind closed doors.

Press Trust of India December 17, 2019 19:51:27 IST
ISL 2019-20: NorthEast United-Bengaluru FC clash in Guwahati to be open to spectators after organisers reverse decision

Guwahati: The Indian Super League match between NorthEast United FC and Bengaluru FC, to be held in Guwahati on Wednesday, will be open to spectators, the organisers announced, reversing their earlier decision to hold it behind closed doors.

The kick-off timing has also been advanced by an hour-and-a-half and the game will now start at 6 pm.

ISL 201920 NorthEast UnitedBengaluru FC clash in Guwahati to be open to spectators after organisers reverse decision

The match was earlier supposed to be held behind doors due to unrest in Guwahati. Sportzpics

The match was earlier supposed to be held behind doors due to unrest in the region following the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

"The Hero Indian Super League Match 40 at Guwahati between NorthEast United FC and Bengaluru FC is now open to spectators, with 6:00 pm kick-off," the ISL said in a statement.

"Spectators are advised to take note of the new kick-off time and plan their arrival to the stadium accordingly. Gates will be opened at 4:00 pm."

Sporting activities took a hit in Guwahati last week after an ISL game and a Ranji Trophy cricket match were suspended on 12 October because of curfew.

NorthEast United's earlier home match against Chennaiyin FC  was postponed after the host city was placed under a curfew following protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Guwahati had plunged into chaos last week with protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, forcing the authorities to place the state under curfew on the night of 11 December.

Assam, the gateway to the northeast, is calm now with curfew relaxed and people going about their lives. However, peaceful protests are continuing in Guwahati and other places.

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