I league has been affected by the ongoing ISL for many reasons, one of them being the fixture clash with the fellow ISL side in the city. Be it Kolkata, Goa or even Chennai for that matter. A little unfair?
In one of the instances because of close proximity of matches at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata, several home fixtures of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan may be shifted away, due to pitch maintenance issues. As per the government regulations in West Bengal, It is not permitted for two matches to be held in 48 hours’ time at the same venue. East Bengal may well have to forfeit three points in their first I-League home game against reigning champions Aizawl FC which was scheduled to be played on 28th November after issues regarding playing at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan surfaced. If ATK plays its match against Pune City FC on 26th, hosting a match on the 28th will violate the rules.
The same goes for the youth team launched by the AIFF in this season, the Indian Arrows who are supposed to play their opening two home fixtures in Goa as the Ambedkar Stadium and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadiums, New Delhi are unavailable. The two venues in Goa which can be considered are Bambolim Stadium and Tilak Maidan, as the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda is unavailable due to FC Goa home games. Chennai City FC are forced to look for a second tier venue as well to avoid a clash with Chennaiyin FC.
The AIFF could have been a lot more careful with the scheduling of these matches because a giant force like East Bengal losing points due to unavailability of a venue is certainly unfortunate and unprofessional at the same time.