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

Apr 5 2019 3:22PM

Minerva 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.

"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.

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 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 Emergency Committee.

The League Committee had referred the matter to emergency panel, which comprises the AIFF President, five vice-Presidents and the Secretary General.

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