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J&K situation adds unexpected twist to I-League finale

Minerva Punjab did not travel to Srinagar to face Real Kashmir

The run-in to the I-League season has taken an unexpected twist following the killing last week of 44 paramilitary troops in Kashmir. Minerva Punjab, the reigning champions, stayed away from Monday's match in Srinagar against Real Kashmir FC and subsequently moved the Delhi High Court seeking a change of venue.

The AIFF has not declared the match forfeit - which would mean Minerva losing all three points - but instead referred it to the League Committee for further action.

Real Kashmir are one of...

Minerva Punjab request AIFF to shift Real Kashmir game following Pulwama attack

Defending I-League champions Minerva Punjab have asked the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to shift their upcoming match against Real Kashmir, scheduled to be played in Srinagar on February 18, following the Pulwama terrorist attack that killed over 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers on Thursday. If the match is not shifted or rescheduled, club president Ranjit Bajaj said his side would rather forfeit the match and concede three points.

"There are bodies still being picked up from the streets. By...

The Kashmir effect: Snow slows down the I-League

Srinagar's TRC ground was under a foot of snow on Friday.
Srinagar's TRC ground was under a foot of snow on Friday.

Srinagar is at a standstill. The heaviest snowfall of the season has left the city looking like a picture out of a winter fairytale but also left roads blocked, the airport shut down and fuel in short supply. And while football might not seem very high on the list of priorities, for the first time the I-League too will be affected.

Real Kashmir FC's TRC ground is buried under a foot of snow. The I-League debutants were supposed to play East Bengal on Sunday but that match has been postponed. It's...

I-League scenarios: How the title race is shaping up

Wins for Churchill Brothers, Real Kashmir and East Bengal -- all three chasing league leaders Chennai City FC -- over have thrown the I-League title race wide open over the last three days. How could the next three games for the top four teams pan out, and what do they need to do to keep themselves in the hunt for the title come March?

East Bengal (25 points from 13 matches)

Coming up: NEROCA (h) - Feb 7, Real Kashmir (a) - Feb 10, Shillong Lajong (h) - Feb 14

East Bengal ended a 15-year drought...

Srinagar to host I-League matches despite Real Kashmir's appeal citing political tension

More than 10,000 turned up to watch Real Kashmir make their I-League first-division home debut in Srinagar on Tuesday.
More than 10,000 turned up to watch Real Kashmir make their I-League first-division home debut in Srinagar on Tuesday.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) will hold its next two I-League fixtures in Srinagar on December 5 and 11, despite reservations expressed by home club Real Kashmir FC about a fragile political climate in the Valley. Real Kashmir FC had approached AIFF asking for the next two matches (against Aizawl and Shillong Lajong) to be deferred to a later date following an escalation in tension in the Valley after the deaths of close to 30 militants.

I-League CEO Sunando Dhar confirmed to ESPN that...