The FIFPro-recognized representative body for the country’s professional footballers, Football Players’ Association of India (FPAI) has urged the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to reschedule the I-League games which take place in the afternoon due to the intense heatwave conditions in West Bengal.
A number of games in the ongoing I-League 2021/22 season which is taking place in West Bengal have had a kickoff time of 3pm, though that looks to be an issue considering that the MeT office on Monday issued a severe heatwave warning across Bengal.
“With the prevalent heat conditions existing in the state of West Bengal wherein the maximum temperatures are touching 40 degrees Celcius, it is rather unfortunate that the I-League organisers are conducting matches at 3pm in the afternoon,” a statement from the FPAI read.
— PFA India (@FPAI) April 26, 2022
“The health ministry’s notification states that people should stay indoor during this heat wave and the conditions are far from conducive to even walk on the road, while the players are playing 90 minute matches. It is rather sad and unfortunate that the Federation and league organisers of the country have no concern on the health hazard faced by professional footballers playing in these extreme conditions.
“We would once again urge the Federation to reschedule the 3pm matches keeping in the mind the health and safety of the footballers.”
What goes against the FPAI is that they are not official stakeholders in Indian football and they aren’t consulted on any matters by the AIFF. Hence, there are limitations to what the players’ body can achieve only by pressuring the federation.
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