Indian Super League

ISL to discuss rising COVID cases as clubs, players express frustration over current situation

Arjun Singh Devgan
ISL 2021/22 suffering from increase in COVID-19 cases
ISL 2021/22 suffering from increase in COVID-19 cases /

The Indian Super League (ISL) authorities have 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 has seen seven teams being locked inside their rooms and two matches getting postponed.

The management of the clubs are understood to be extremely concerned about the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases everywhere around in the league which has taken on extra significance following the postponement of Saturday's clash between ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC.

“Each match is assessed on a number of factors including the ability of the clubs to field a team; the severity of COVID-19 breakout at the clubs; and the ability of the club personnel to safely prepare for and play the match," the league said in a statement released on Monday.

Both the postponed games in the ISL so far have included ATKMB who are understood to have the maximum amount of cases with players, officials, staff, medical team and all four drivers testing positive for the virus.

The whole ATKMB contingent have been in isolation since January 8 following the suspension of their game against Odisha FC and their most recent postponement led to a furious response from FC Goa captain, Edu Bedia who 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.