Punjab FC to play last Two Games Behind Closed Doors as a Safety Measure

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Punjab FC

Indian Super League (ISL) team Punjab FC has announced that their last two home games of the season will be played behind closed doors. This decision comes in the wake of a fire incident that occurred at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, where Punjab FC’s home games are held.

Punjab FC to play behind closed doors

On March 13, a fire broke out in the stadium’s CCTV room, resulting in the unfortunate death of a man due to suffocation. Following this incident, the Delhi Fire Services (DFS) issued a notice to the stadium authorities on March 15, instructing them not to host any events on the premises until the fire safety norms were renewed.

The matches affected by this decision are against Mohun Bagan Super Giant and East Bengal, scheduled for April 6 and April 10 respectively. Both these teams have a significant fan following, and the games were expected to draw large crowds. However, the safety of the spectators and everyone involved is of paramount importance, leading to the decision to play the games without spectators.

In a statement released on their official social media handles, Punjab FC expressed regret over the situation. The club acknowledged that the presence of spectators, referred to as ‘The Shers’, would be missed. However, unforeseen circumstances have necessitated this move to ensure everyone’s safety.

Currently, Punjab FC is ranked ninth in the 12-team premier football tournament in the country, with 21 points from 20 games. The matches against Mohun Bagan and East Bengal were crucial for the team. Mohun Bagan is currently third with 39 points from 19 matches, while East Bengal is seventh with 21 points from 20 games.

Despite the setback, Punjab FC’s performance in the league has been commendable. The team made it to the top flight of the Indian football league system following their promotion from the I League 2022-23 season. In the I-League 2022-23 season, Punjab FC topped the charts with 16 wins, two losses, and four drawn clashes in 22 encounters, picking up 52 points with a goal difference of 29.

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