The Indian Super League is back but where are the fans?

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The Indian Super League is back this week on November 19th but the fans are not back. The pandemic frooze every walk of life last year and every experience felt different and challenging. Human Beings are social animals and we cannot survive without the existence and support of another.

The danger posed COVID-19 meant that the games were played behind closed doors. Football is for the fans and thus empty stadiums meant that teams played without their 12th man. Fans and players all around the world endured an entire season with empty stadiums to control the devastating spread of the deadly disease.

The Premier League opened up portions of their stands by the end of last season. The difference was night and day. The chants, the support, the roar, the banter, everything was back. A beautiful Euro campaign followed that which brought football back to life. But the Indian Super League fans are a long from getting that experience.

The Indian Super League will not be open to fans

The previous edition of the Indian Super League was held solely in Goa. Three stadiums will host 11 teams for the next 5 months without any fans as of now. Very Exciting. Fatorda Stadium, the Athletic Stadium and Tilak Stadium will be busy for the duration of the tournament, without the fans though.

Every walk of like is getting back to normal. Schools have opened up, Shopping Complexes are back to regular business, Movie Theatres are packed but why are the Stadiums shut? Surely the number of fans can be limited as a precaution but holding the top-tier league without the fans is a stretch.

Clubs in the top-ier have been struggling to stay afloat with the ridiculous rules of the league, let alone the smaller ones. This league needs a boost and holding fans to save up on expenses like logistics will get it no where.

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