KSFA acts to sort out entry issue

The Karnataka State Football Association has decided to streamline the entry process for the remaining I-League matches at the Bangalore Football Stadium to sort out the issues that cropped up during the Bengaluru FC versus Mohan Bagan clash on Sunday.

Several club members affiliated to the KSFA and a few office-bearers of both the KSFA and Bangalore District Football Association were denied entry for BFC’s season-opening clash as they didn’t possess the requisite matchday pass, leading to a few unsavoury incidents at the entry gates.

“The problem occurred because there was confusion between KSFA and JSW (Bengaluru FC owners) on who should issue the passes,” said a source. “The club members showed up at the stadium under the assumption that they would be allowed entry.

“The security personnel at the gates demanded for either a ticket or member pass. Since they didn’t have neither of them, they were denied entry. The BDFA had made a some passes and the lucky ones were able to get in,” added the source.

In a bid to sort out the issue, the KSFA immediately swung into action on Monday, holding a meeting with BDFA and JSW officials. It has instructed all its 128 affiliated clubs to send their forms so fresh passes could be issued in time for BFC’s clash against Rangdajied FC on September 29.

The president, secretary and a maximum of 22 players from each club will be eligible to receive passes for the complete season.

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