ISL 2019-20: NorthEast United FC vs Chennaiyin FC in Guwahati likely to be called off due to protests against Citizenship Amendment Bill

Assam Rifles personnel were deployed in Tripura on Wednesday after the two north-eastern states plunged into chaos over the hugely emotive Citizenship Amendment Bill

Press Trust of India December 12, 2019 12:15:56 IST
ISL 2019-20: NorthEast United FC vs Chennaiyin FC in Guwahati likely to be called off due to protests against Citizenship Amendment Bill
  • According to an official, the match is unlikely to take place in view of the current situation

  • The two teams did not train on Wednesday and the pre-match media interactions were also called off

  • Guwahati, the epicentre of anti-CAB protests, was placed under indefinite curfew on Wednesday night while the Army was called in

Chennai: Uncertainty looms over Thursday night's Indian Super League (ISL) football match between NorthEast United FC and Chennaiyin FC in Guwahati, which has been placed under an indefinite curfew following protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).

ISL 201920 NorthEast United FC vs Chennaiyin FC in Guwahati likely to be called off due to protests against Citizenship Amendment Bill

Indian protesters burn tires on a road during a shutdown protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Gauhati, India. AP

According to an official, the match is unlikely to take place in view of the current situation. The game is slated to be played at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Guwahati.

"The match is unlikely to take place on Thursday," a source told PTI. "We are waiting for an official word from the league officials," the source added.

The two teams did not train on Wednesday and the pre-match media interactions were also called off.

Guwahati, the epicentre of anti-CAB protests, was placed under indefinite curfew on Wednesday night while the Army was called in at four places.

Assam Rifles personnel were deployed in Tripura on Wednesday after the two north-eastern states plunged into chaos over the hugely emotive Citizenship Amendment Bill or CAB.

All Assam Students' Union has called for a protest at 11 am in Guwahati.

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