The increased Covid-19 cases in Goa have adversely affected the ongoing Indian Super League. Hyderabad FC and Jamshedpur FC were going head to head for the top spot on Monday at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim. But unfortunately, the 63rd match has been postponed as the organizers announced on Monday evening.
League's official statement
The decision to postpone the match was taken in consultation with the League medical committee after Jamshedpur FC expressed an inability to field a team against Hyderabad FC. The organizers also assured the assigning of a new match date soon.
The ISL statement said, "Hero Indian Super League announces the postponement of Match No. 63 between Hyderabad FC and Jamshedpur FC scheduled to be played today, Monday, 17 January 2022, at Athletic Stadium, Bambolim. The decision has been taken in consultation with the League's medical team, taking into account the inability of Jamshedpur FC to field a team."
The ISL statement further read. "The League will look to rearrange the fixture to a later date. The health and safety of all personnel in various bubbles remains our priority, and the League & Clubs will continue to monitor the situation and act accordingly."
Fourth postponement in three days
For the third day in a row, the League had to call off games. The postponement of games started on 8 January, where ATK Mohan Bagan's match against Odisha FC was called off, citing increased Covid cases on the team.
Subsequently, Mariners' next game against Bengaluru FC was also cancelled. Then on Sunday, the Kerala Blasters had given for not having enough players in the squad, so their match against Mumbai City was postponed.