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I-League: On-field death forces HAL vs Arrows postponement

Due to the on-field death of Venkatesh D. from Bangalore MARS during a Bangalore 'A' division match last Wednesday the Karnataka State Football Association had requested the AIFF and the I-League to postpone the upcoming HAL vs Pailan Arrows match.Ther...

Due to the on-field death of Venkatesh D. from Bangalore MARS during a Bangalore ‘A’ division match last Wednesday, the Karnataka State Football Association had requested the AIFF and the I-League to postpone the upcoming HAL vs Pailan Arrows match.

There are tensions in Bangalore football circles following the death of Venkatesh D. with the KSFA and especially the Bangalore District Football Association under fire for not providing adequate medical facilities and an ambulance at the match venue.

AIFF vice-president and KSFA president A.R. Khaleel had said to the media, “Following the death of Venkatesh on Wednesday, situation is not conducive at the moment to stage a football match.”

Relegation threathened Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC were supposed to take on the Pailan Arrows on March 31 at the Bangalore Football Stadium, but now it would be held on April 28 as per the revised schedule of the ongoing I-League.

Published with permission from Arunava Chaudhuri.

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