Recently, Minerva Punjab decided not to travel to Srinagar for their away match against the same opponents on Monday citing security issues.

Amidst the raging controversy over the matches to be played in Srinagar in the aftermath to the Pulwama terror attack which killed atleast 40 CRPF jawans, Bengaluru FC owner Parth Jindal has expressed his desire on Twitter to play an exhibition match in the picturesque valley.

He wrote, “Dear Real Kashmir FC we Bengaluru FC are ready to come and play an exhibition match in Srinagar against you’ll whenever you invite us. We look forward to the opportunity of sharing this beautiful game in your beautiful state which is an integral part of our great country”.

The Snow Leopards were spontaneous with their reply as they called out for a match in March with lightning atmosphere as a promise.

“Thank you Parth Jindal and Bengaluru FC. Let’s do this. We and the people of Kashmir would be more than glad to host you. March? What say? We promise the most electric football atmosphere! Let’s play to heal. Let’s pray together for the departed and share the grief of bereaved,” Real Kashmir FC replied.

Recently, Minerva Punjab decided not to travel to Srinagar for their away match against Real Kashmir on Monday citing security issues. They requested the AIFF to change the venue or postpone the match in the first place but it was declined. Their next demand was a written assurance from either the Indian Armed Forces or the Government of India. They failed to get that as well and hence didn’t turn up for their match in Srinagar on Monday.


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The result of the match is being discussed as AIFF stands firm to their cause and will look to take further actions against the reigning champions. While the club and it’s owner Ranjit Bajaj have moved to Delhi High court with the case. East Bengal’s postponed match in Srinagar is rescheduled on 28th February and the Kolkata-based side have also requested AIFF to change the venue or the date of the fixture. 

Like every other season, Indian football fans are again up for a nail-biting finish to this edition of the I-League as three teams stand on the way of each other to lift the glorious title. Both, I-league and Indian Super League are almost in their last quarters and will be followed by the second edition of Hero Super Cup. So it will be interesting to see how both the teams manage time and play a historic exhibition match at the scenic Valley.