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Bengaluru FC need not travel as Mohun Bagan have not registered for Super Cup

5:15 AM EDT 3/30/19
Bengaluru FC Mohun Bagan Super Cup 2018
The reigning Super Cup champions have not travelled to Bhubaneswar as they are ensured of getting a walkover...

Bengaluru FC need not travel to Bhubaneswar for their Round of 16 match in the ongoing Super Cup against Mohun Bagan as the latter have not registered for the tournament.

The Blues will now directly play in the quarter-finals of the tournament against the winners of FC Pune City and Chennai City FC on April 4.

It must be noted that other I-League clubs have registered for the tournament but barring Indian Arrows, Chennai City FC and Real Kashmir, the rest are unlikely to take the pitch. Therefore, according to procedure their opponents must be present at the venue to become eligible to get a walkover.

East Bengal in a press release confirmed their decision of not participating in the Super Cup. It stated, "The Board of QEBFC met today and discussed the participation in the Super Cup Tournament. The East Bengal Nominees on the Board suggested that since an alliance of Clubs have already been formed, it would be unethical for us to come out of the Alliance."

The league committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) will convene on April 12 to deliberate on possible sanctions that might be imposed on the rebel I-League clubs for giving walkovers in the Super Cup despite registering their squads.