The ongoing 75th Santosh Trophy semifinals were recently postponed by half an hour following a special demand from fans, with the two games being held at 8:30pm when compared to the 8pm kickoff it was held earlier in the tournament.
The local organising committee had requested the authorities that the evening games be moved to allow fans to come to the stadium after breaking their fast in the evening. Many fans were seen breaking their fast in the stands during the group matches over the last two weeks.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) had agreed in the change of timings for the semifinal games, though it has now emerged that a request for the final to be pushed back by a day rom May 2 has been dismissed.
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— IFTWC (@IFTWC) April 28, 2022
The organisers had argued that the attendance for the final would be extremely low considering that the final coincides with Eid al Fitr, with AIFF reiterating that the change in date would not be possible as the travel arrangements of officials could not be changed.
Kerala thrashed Karnataka 7-2 in the first semifinal which took place on Thursday, 28 April with Manipur facing West Bengal in the second semifinal on April 29. The final for now is scheduled to be held on Sunday, May 2.
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