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Bengaluru FC’s AFC Cup Tie Against Club Eagles in Jeopardy After Players Allegedly Flout Quarantine Rules

Bengaluru FC (Photo Credit: BFC Twitter)

Bengaluru FC (Photo Credit: BFC Twitter)

Maldives Sports Minister, Ahmed Mahloof has asked Bengaluru FC to leave the country after the club’s players allegedly breached the HPA & AFC’s Covid restrictions .

Indian Super League (ISL) side Bengaluru FC‘s AFC cup match against Maldives’ Club Eagles is now in jeopardy after local media reports emerged that the Indian club allegedly flouted quarantine rules. Bengaluru FC are scheduled to play the match on Tuesday. The reports state that several Bengaluru players were photographed outside their hotel which was against the directive from the Sports Minister.

Maldives’ Minister of Youth, Sports & Community Empowerment, Ahmed Mahloof took to Twitter to show displeasure in Bengaluru FC’s behaviour.

He wrote, “Unacceptable behavior from@bengalurufc breaching the strict guidelines from HPA & @theafcdotcom.. The club should leave (Maldives) immediately as we can’t entertain this act. We honoured the commitment we gave a few months back even with the surge in cases & pressure from the public.”

The recent guidelines set by the Ministry of Tourism of Maldives set for tourists coming from India says that tourists can only stay in one place (where they book their resort) during their entire trip and no island-hopping is allowed:

  •  Tourist arriving from India (including those exceeding transit stays of 24 hours) who have completed the prescribed dose(s)of a Covid19 vaccine,must hold a negative result for a nucleic acid test (PCR test) for COVIDl9 prior to entry into the Maldives. The sample for said PCR test must be taken not more than 96 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure from the first port of embarkation enroute to the Maldives. Furthermore, all above mentioned tourists should undertake a PCR test for COVIDl9 within a maximum of 72 hours prior to their departure from the Maldives.
  • To halt any further checkins of inbound tourists from India(including those exceeding transit stays of 24 hours in India) to Guesthouses and Hotels in Inhabited Islands (excluding hotels and guesthouses in secluded areas of the Inhabited Islands)

In a following Tweet, the Maldives’ Minister of Youth, Sports & Community Empowerment further wrote that he has asked Foreign Affairs Ministry to make Bengaluru FC’s departure.

“We have informed FAM that we cannot hold the match, and asked them to make arrangements for @bengalurufc’s departure. We will be in further correspondence with AFC through @MaldivesFA to postpone the group stage” he wrote.

The Bengaluru FC players and staff, who landed in Male on Friday, May 7, got straight down to business to prepare for the tough challenge, as the winners of the match will progress to the group stages of the 2021 AFC Cup.

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