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AFC Cup: Bengaluru FC owner Parth Jindal apologises for 'inexcusable' behaviour in Maldives

09:27 BST 09/05/2021
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Parth Jindal issues apologies to AFC after Bengaluru FC were found guilty of breaching COVID-19 protocols in Maldives...

Bengaluru FC owner Parth Jindal has apologised to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after three players from the Blues' camp were found guilty of breaching COVID-19 protocols in Maldives.

Jindal has also promised that the club will take a strict action against the said players who were found guilty of breaching the protocols.

What did Parth Jindal write?

"On behalf of Bengaluru FC, I am extremely sorry for the inexcusable behaviour of three of our foreign players/staff while in Male - the strictest action will be taken against these players/staff. We have let the AFC Cup down and can only say that this will never happen again."

What are the repercussions?

After the incident, the Maldives FA requested the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to cancel the play-off match between India's Bengaluru FC and Maldives' Club Eagles and postpone the group stage fixtures to a later date. The same communication was notified to ATK Mohun Bagan and other Group D participants, Bashundhara Kings (Bangladesh), Maziya S&RC (Maldives).

AFC has also advised ATK Mohun Bagan to cancel their travelling arrangements to Maldives.

What happened in Maldives

Three Bengaluru FC players were photographed on the streets of Male, Maldives after which the country's Sports Minister took to social media stating that Bengaluru FC's alleged breach of protocols has left the country with no option but to cancel the tie and send the Indian club back home. 

 

As per a report by Adhadhu News, Maldives' HPA had given a special permit for the play-off match between Club Eagles and Bengaluru FC despite the country's restrictions on travellers from India. One of the conditions was that the players and staff had to be confined to the hotel at all times except when they go for training and the matches. 

But after the incident, the sports minister asked for the club to be sent back to their country. Maldives FA wrote to Group D participants ATK Mohun Bagan (India), Bashundhara Kings (Bangladesh) and Maziya S&RC (Maldives) about their decision to postpone the group stage matches after the Government decided to revoke the permission. 

Further reading

BFC breach COVID-19 protocols

Maldives FA writes to ATK Mohun Bagan

AFC tells ATKMB to cancel travel plans