Minerva Punjab FC to shut down, owner Ranjit Bajaj confirms ‘with a heavy heart’

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 5, 2019UPDATED: April 5, 2019 14:42 IST Minerva Punjab FC had won the I-League in the 2018-19 season (Minerva Punjab FC Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSRanjit Bajaj announced his decision to shut down Minerva Punjab FC in a series of tweetsMinerva had refused to travel play an I-League match vs Real Kashmir in Srinagar due to security concernsMinerva said AIFF had failed to give written security assurances to them after the Pulwama terrorist attackMinerva Punjab FC owner Ranjit Bajaj on Friday confirmed that he will be shutting down the club after getting no support from the All India Football Federation (AIFF) after they refused to travel to Srinagar to play an I-League match against Real Kashmir FC in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack in February.Ranjit Bajaj announced his decision in a series of tweets and also slammed the Indian football body for the way they handled the situation after Minerva pulled out of their I-League clash against Real Kashmir in Srinagar citing security concerns.Minerva said the AIFF had failed to give written security assurances that were sought by the club after the terror attack which killed more than 40 CRPF personnel.”With a very heavy heart today I have decided that @minervapunjabfc will have to do what so many others have done/CHAMPIONS of @ILeagueOfficial for 2018-19 for SENIORS/Under 13/ under 15 /under 18 – SIX TITLES(4 years) 60 plus boys to various Indian teams is going to shut”AIFF & FSDL RELIANCE Congratulations on a job well done – from everyone @minervapunjabfc & all clubs who have shut down because of you.”My wife @Hennasing & I had devoted our entire lives24/7 to the betterment of @IndianFootball & were willing to do the same for the rest of our lives – but can’t keep fighting such huge behemoths & federations who will go to every extent to make your life a living hell,” Ranjit Bajaj wrote in a series of tweets.With a very heavy heart today I have decided that @minervapunjabfc will have to do what so many others have done/CHAMPIONS of @ILeagueOfficial for 2018-19 for SENIORS/Under 13/ under 15 /under 18 – SIX TITLES(4 years) 60 plus boys to various Indian teams is going to shutadvertisementRanjit Bajaj (@THE_RanjitBajaj) April 5, 2019AIFF & FSDL RELIANCE Congratulations on a job well done – from everyone @minervapunjabfc & all clubs who have shut down because of youRanjit Bajaj (@THE_RanjitBajaj) April 5, 2019My wife @Hennasing & I had devoted our entire lives24/7 to the betterment of @IndianFootball & were willing to do the same for the rest of our lives – but can’t keep fighting such huge behemoths & federations who will go to every extent to make your life a living hellRanjit Bajaj (@THE_RanjitBajaj) April 5, 2019Last month the AIFF had decided to schedule a re-match between the former I-League champions Minerva and debutants Real Kashmir before March 15 but that did not happen.Real Kashmir had turned up for the game last month, asserting that all the security arrangements were in place and they be awarded the three points after Minerva’s no-show.Minerva went on to argue that their pullout could not be considered a forfeiture as it was security grounds. The club refused to forego the three points, taking the matter to the Delhi High Court.The court asked Minerva to go back to the AIFF I-League Committee for a resolution. The decision to have a re-match was, however, taken by the AIFF’s Emergency Committee.The League Committee had referred the matter to emergency panel, which comprises the AIFF President, five vice-Presidents and the Secretary General.Also Read | Delhi High Court rejects Minerva Punjab plea against AIFF over Real Kashmir game in SrinagarAlso Read | Secure or not? Minerva Punjab, Real Kashmir in war of words over Srinagar matchAlso Read | Real Kashmir reveal reason for not tweeting on Pulwama. Very convenient, says Ranjit BajajAlso Read | We appeal AIFF to postpone Feb 28 Srinagar match but will go if ‘forced’ to: East BengalAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ranjit BajajFollow Minerva Punjab FCFollow i-leagueFollow Real Kashmir FCFollow AIFF Minerva Punjab FC to shut down, owner Ranjit Bajaj confirms ‘with a heavy heart’Former I-League champions Minerva Punjab FC had moved Delhi Hight Court after the AIFF refused to relocate their I-League match in Srinagar in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack.advertisement Nextlast_img

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