While Salgaocar FC are away to play their season opener against United Sikkim FC in Gangtok, the other three clubs have raised security concerns about their subsequent matches to be played in Vasco, in a media interaction organised by the Sports Journalists Association of Goa (SJAG).
"About Vasco's Tilak Maidan, there's a concern of security. The visiting team or the home fans also could have a problem. The ground is very close the stands, so some supporters could throw some things on the players," said Dempo official Custodio Almeida.
Churchill Brothers patron Churchill Alemao echoed, "With regards to shifting the games to Vasco, safety of our players, officials and fans is absolutely paramount to us. The stands at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco are unusually close to the playing pitch and hence our concern with player safety arises. We are hopeful that the floodlights and all the necessary renovations are carried out on time."
Sporting Clube de Goa CEO Victor Fernandes has meanwhile assured that the concerned authorities will come up with the solution following the clubs' meeting with the Goa Football Association (GFA) and Sports Authority of Goa (SAG).
"Security at Tilak will be the same problem for all, but I think in our meeting of the core I-League clubs from Goa, GFA and SAG, we have dicussed the security concerns and some solution is there that you will see when the first match is held at Vasco," he affirmed.
Fernandes added: "The stadium is going to be refurnished, some new additions have been put up there and we have taken necessary precautions for security. This year all the four clubs are organising the matches in association with GFA, so we are responsible."
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