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AFC Cup: AFC Cup matches in Maldives postponed indefinitely

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Kuala Lumpur: AFC Cup’s south zone group stage matches, to be held in the Maldives have been postponed , the Asian Football Confederation (AF) said on Sunday.

Group D matches were scheduled to be held in capital Male from May 14-21. The AFC is yeto to announce revised dates for the games.

India’s ATK Mohun Bagan, Bashundhara Kings of Bangladesh, Maldives’ Maziya Sports & Recreation and the winner of the playoffs were
Group D.

“The AFC Cup (South) Group Stage matches are now postponed until further notice with more information to be announced in due course,” the AFC said in a statement.

“Participating clubs who have travelled to Maldives will be required to arrange for their return home while adhering to the COVID-19 health and travel protocols put in place by the country.

“At the same time, the AFC is in contact with all other participating clubs and officials who have not entered the Maldives to cancel their travel arrangements.

Earlier, Maldives’ sports minister Ahmed Mahloof alleged a breach of the country’s Covid-19 protocols by Bengaluru FC.

Mahloof did not describe the nature of the breach but termed Bengaluru’s behaviour as “unacceptable” and the club has to leave Maldives “immediately”.

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