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Chhetri says he hopes Minerva to get venue to host AFC Cup matches

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

FC owner Ranjit Sunday posted a video of Sunil Chhetri, in which the Indian hoped that the club gets a ground to host its AFC Cup matches.

On Thursday, had heaved a sigh of relief after the granted them permission to use Bhubaneswar's for their AFC Cup home match on May 1.

Prior to that, Minerva had alleged that on the insistence of All India Federation, the had withdrawn permission to use the stadium against for the Group E match.

The AIFF had said that it had nothing to do with the matter as it was an issue between Minerva and the

Minerva will, however, have to find the venue for their next two AFC Cup 'home' matches in June as the Odisha government had granted the permission to use for the May 1 match only.

During an instagram live session with fans four days ago, Chhetri said in the video, "About Minerva Punjab, I just hope, like all these fans in the country, that they get the ground and play the AFC Cup.

"Because in AFC, it's not just about the club or the club rivalry, it's about representing our country. And they deservingly got this chance and I hope that the party involved in giving them the ground understand it and they get the ground.

"It will be a shame if cannot participate in the AFC because of unavailability of ground. I hope and pray that they do, and they do well for us."

Posting the video, wrote on his twitter handle, "Wanted to thank our & the legend @chetrisunil11 for this message & for standing up for @minervapunjabfc as he said rightly that it's about the country and not a club .... no wonder he is the perfect are grateful."

On Saturday, the Committee had "unanimously" decided to refer Minerva Punjab owner's frequent "outbursts" on against to the

An had said that Bajaj's name was not taken but the members took the decision that a proposal for action regarding his constant criticism directed to the federation will be sent to the

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 20:40 IST