Indian Super League

ISL 2021/22: Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City game postponed by league authorities

Arjun Singh Devgan
Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City clash postponed by ISL authorities
Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City clash postponed by ISL authorities /

The Indian Super League (ISL) authorities met today to discuss on the surge of COVID-19 cases that have plagued the competition recently and they have decided to postpone the match between Kerala Blasters FC and Mumbai City FC which scheduled to be played today i.e Sunday, January 16, 2022.

The decision has been taken in consultation with the League's medical team after it was assessed Kerala Blasters did not have the requisite number of players available for the match and that League authorities would work closely with medical experts to monitor and ensure the safety of all the players and support staff in the squad and others involved.

The ISL authorities called for a meeting of the participating club's Chief Executive Officers (CEO's) to discuss the steps forward in the running of the league following the spurt of COVID-19 cases within the bio-secure bubbles which had seen seven teams being locked inside their rooms.

The handling of the current situation came in for criticism from FC Goa captain, Edu Bedia who recently called the league an "adulterated competition".

"Yesterday, we played the game with nine casualties due to Covid cases. Today, for the second consecutive match another team suspends it's game for the same reason. Can someone explain that to me? Adulterated competition," he stated in a social media post.

"Players are losing interest and the desire to continue competing. They continue to play to collect their contracts without any ambition. This is what has been achieved with this year's rules. Whether you like it or not, all the people inside the bio-bubble just want March to come and the league to end, whatever the outcome," Bedia added.