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Media boycotts Minerva Punjab FC interaction after I-League club bars reporter

I-League leaders Minerva Punjab FC club’s officials barred a journalist from covering the match at his home ground, in the presence of a senior All India Football Federation official.

football Updated: Feb 26, 2018 23:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Panchkula (Haryana)
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Minerva Punjab FC and Aizawl FC players vie for the ball during their I-League match in Panchkula, Haryana, on Monday.(AIFF)

Controversy was triggered by I-League leaders Minerva Punjab FC on Monday after the media walked out of a the post-match media conference. It happened after Minerva’s 2-0 win over champions Aizawl FC.

On Sunday, Minerva club officials had stopped a reporter from The Tribune from attending the pre-match press conference for writing an article. On Monday, he was barred from entering the stadium to cover the match.

Minerva Punjab director Henna Singh, with bouncers in tow, ensured the reporter was escorted out of the stadium. In the post-match press conference, the media attended the Aizawl briefing, but later walked out of the Minerva briefing to register their protest against the club’s action.

I-League CEO Sunando Dhar was present at the venue. The reporter and the club are already fighting a case and the matter is sub judice.

“We are aware of the situation and have asked the club to file an official reply. Once it comes, we will take appropriate action,” Sunando Dhar said.

First Published: Feb 26, 2018 23:28 IST