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Football fans protest wrestling meet in Ambedkar Stadium

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Apr 19 (UNI) Football players and fans of the game today staged a demonstration outside the Ambedkar Stadium, protesting the decision to allow a wrestling competition in the ground, which they alleged would damage the field.

A large number of people, under the banner of Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) and Delhi Football Players Welfare Association (DFPWA), protested the 'arbitrary' decision of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi(MCD) to allow an organisation hold a four-day wrestling meet starting tomorrow.

''They will be erecting a stage inside the ground and the football ground would be misused. A selection-cum-coaching camp for the state under-21 team was going on in the ground for the National Championship and this decision has left us with no other option but to dismantle the camp,'' rued DSA Secretary NK Bhatia.

''In the past, we have reminded the MCD that they should not allot the stadium for purposes other than football and despite promising so, they have again breached the trust,'' he added.

''We have our own commitments and the authorities were asked to inform us before allotting the stadium to others. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has selected Delhi (and Manipur) for its ''Vision Asia'' pilot project and if this kind of events continue to happen, AFC Secretary General Peter Velappan has warned us that they might discontinue the initiative. MCD is also party to the project and still they are doing these things,'' he added.

A roadside match was also organised to mark the protest.


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