The clash between Minerva Punjab and Real Kashmir FC failed to take off as the former refused to travel to Srinagar citing security concerns. Even as the fixture of the two clubs seems unclear, Real Kashmir received support from Bengaluru FC. The Parth Jindal owned football club offered to play a friendly against the Srinagar based side despite not having a scheduled match between them in the near future. Jindal confirmed his club’s intentions of playing an exhibition match through a tweet.
Real Kashmir was quick to reply to Jindal, thanking him for reaching out to them for a match. From the tweet, it seems like Kashmir is ready to host Bengaluru FC in March. The club also promised ‘the most electric football atmosphere.’ ‘Let’s play to heal’ was the message from Kashmir – the same message that they shared when Minerva refused to arrive at Srinagar. Besides Minerva, the Kolkata based East Bengal also asked the All India Football Federation to change the date or location of a match that is scheduled on February 28. This match was postponed after the original schedule was affected by snow.
Jindal’s offer to play the exhibition match comes at a time when the country is reeling from the Pulwama attacks which claimed the lives of over 40 soldiers. Speaking about security, Jindal was quoted by Indian Express as saying: “We think that they (Real Kashmir) and the government will take enough steps to safeguard anybody who goes to Kashmir. That’s the job of the armed forces so I don’t have any doubts about that.”