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BPL Football 2020 abandoned

18 May 2020 10:43, Somoy English Desk
BPL Football 2020 abandoned
BPL Football 2020 abandoned

Country's most prestigious football meet, the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football 2019-20, has finally been abandoned.

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) in its executive committee meeting with federation president Kazi Salahuddin in the chair on Sunday decided to abandon the ill-fated league, which was halted on March 15 after the 6th round due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The meeting took the decision considering the appeals of most of the participating clubs and also the clearance of AFC.

The BFF earlier sought suggestion from their upper body AFC to take decision on the league in this crisis situation and the Asian body (AFC) advised them on last Saturday to take decision at their own and to inform it to AFC as early as possible.

Former champion Dhaka Abahani and Chattogram Abahani dominated the league till the 6th round securing 13 points each.

Following the cancellation of the league, this year's BPL football has found no new champions, runners-up and relegated team.

Besides, the participation of two Bangladeshi club teams in the AFC Cup Football now became uncertain with the decision.

The BFF meeting also postponed this year's Independence Cup Football and Under-18 Football for the same reasons.

Earlier, the participating clubs were divided over the future of Bangladesh Premier League 2019-20 and failed to decide whether they will carry the league or to cancel it. But, the BFF then opted to wait until end of May before taking any decision.

Most clubs, led by holders Bashundhara Kings, agreed to call off the league and start the season afresh during the league committee meeting on April 26 while two former champions Dhaka Abahani Limited and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club wanted to continue.

Only six rounds of fixtures out of 24 were played until March 15 with Abahani and Chattogram Abahani being the joint leaders but only three points separated the top six clubs in the table.

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