NEW DELHI, March 12: The Indian Super League final between ATK FC and Chennaiyin FC on March 14 will be played without any spectators at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisers said on Thursday.
Owing to the current preventive measures advised by the Sports Ministry, league organiser Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) has decided to hold the season�s final behind closed doors.
FSDL said the decision was taken in view of the health and safety of players, fans and support staff.
�Upcoming Hero Indian Super League 2019-20 Final on Saturday, March 14, 2020, between ATK FC and Chennaiyin FC, will now be played behind closed doors at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Goa,� the ISL organisers said in a statement.
The decision came after the Sports Ministry�s advisory to all national federations to follow the Health Ministry�s advisory and avoid large gatherings in sports events.
�...ensure that no public gathering takes place in any sporting event. In the event the sporting event cannot be avoided, the same could be done without allowing gathering of people, including spectators,� read an order from the Sports ministry.
Seeking a hat-trick of titles, ATK reached this season�s final after beating defending champions Bengaluru FC 3-2 on aggregate in the semifinals over two legs.
Chennaiyin FC, who had won the title in 2015, had beaten FC Goa 6-5 on aggregates to reach the summit clash.
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