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Bengaluru FC leave for Maldives despite government advisory

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today left for to play their first-leg play-off match against Club on February 13 despite a government advisory not to travel to the island nation because of the prevailing political turmoil there.

The match will be held at in the capital city of Male.

Last week, the had asked Indian nationals to defer travel to because of the recent political developments there.

According to reports, the MEA had also written another letter to the head of operations Srinivas Murthy, advising to defer the trip to Male.

"We have asked the AFC whether this match can be deferred but they (AFC) said in that case will have to forfiet the match and lose points. So, Bengaluru FC will have to play this match on Tuesday in Male. They (Bengaluru) are going to Male for the match," an told on the condition of anonimity.

A also said that the club decided to travel to instead of forfeiting the match.

"The has promised full security for the match and they have informed this to the AFC. So, we are going to Male for the match," the said just before the team's departure.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 19:30 IST