AFC Champions League Group E matches for the West Zone involving FC Goa, Persepolis FC, Al Rayyan and Al Wahda are scheduled to start on April 14. All matches will take place in Goa. However, with just four days to go, the Gaur’s biggest opponents, last season’s runner-up Persepolis, accused the Indian Football Association (AIFF) and Indian authorities of “ attempting to sabotage ” their travel to the country from Iran.
According to a statement posted on the club’s official website, the Iranian club claimed that although the process for obtaining visas, flights and hotel reservations went smoothly through Friday, “ strange things have happened ” since. “The flight permit for the Persepolis convoy has not been issued by India, and although the Persepolis team and club members are waiting to begin their journey and set up a camp in Goa, it there is still no positive news from the host country, ”reads an excerpt from the statement.
The club held back no punches as they accused Indian authorities of deliberately trying to sabotage their trip and called for the case to be resolved immediately. They also claimed that it was not their first problem in India and that it would not be their last, with the threat of the coronavirus also looming. Whether their flight to India is postponed to Sunday remains to be seen, but that’s not great publicity for hosting future events in India, that’s for sure.