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Mumbai City FC Follows Global Path, Creates Dedicated Away Fans' Zone

Mumbai City FC have followed the global path and added the first away section for travelling fans at the Mumbai Football Arena. It’s a step that was waiting to be taken and is much needed in Indian football.

Abhimanyu Sen | News18 Sports

Updated:December 13, 2017, 12:51 PM IST
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Mumbai City FC Follows Global Path, Creates Dedicated Away Fans' Zone
There will be an away section for travelling fans at the Mumbai Football Arena.
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New Delhi: It is a well known fact that supporters of two football teams do not get along, and in some cases the extent of animosity exchanged can be, to put it mildly, very vocal. In Indian football’s newest competition, the Indian Super League, fans are no different and are rightfully vocal about their support.

Just like the season saw a few firsts with new entrants, venues and a longer format, Mumbai City FC have added to that list by making the first away section for travelling fans at the Mumbai Football Arena. It’s a step that was waiting to be taken and is much needed in Indian football.

“There have been incidents of skirmishes between home and away fans this season and a dedicated section for the travelling audience will reduce the possibility of that,” points out Indranil Das Blah, CEO of Mumbai City FC, as the reason for this move.

“What happened in Chennai recently was not a nice incident, and we definitely do not want a repeat. This should have come into effect earlier, but the league is growing and it’s better late than never,” Indranil told News18 Sports over telephone.

The dedicated away section will see its first match day very soon, the Stand 4B with 200 seats for the visitors; will be the best spot in the ground for ATK’s fans. Mumbai City FC play the defending champions ATK on December 17th.

“We expect both sets of fans to engage and give it off to each other, that’s the nature of football fans. But we do not want anything that is personal or violent,” adds the CEO.

Reliable heads in the football fraternity have all welcomed the move and feel Mumbai City FC have definitely done the right thing.

Indranil points out, that this will only help the atmosphere at the stadium and that the away fans, being together will feel safer and are likely to enjoy the matchday experience more.

“We do expect a packed stadium against ATK as we have sold more tickets than previous games,” he adds.

Mumbai City FC recently beat Chennaiyin FC 1-0 at home to move up to fifth on the Indian Super League standings. With seven points in the bag, they will look to stay within touching distance of the top four by beating ATK on Sunday.

The Islanders have set the ball rolling and it remains to be seen if the other sides in the competition will also follow the process that is accepted globally.
| Edited by: Baidurjo Bhose
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