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India match played in closed stadium over security concerns

Associated Press Associated Press 13/09/2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The Asian Football Confederation says an AFC Cup match on Wednesday in India between I-League champions Bengaluru FC and Singapore's Tampines Rovers has been moved to an afternoon start and will be played in a closed stadium due to regional security concerns.

The AFC said the arrangements were made "at the request of the local authority following unrelated incidents in the city in the last few days."

Media in the city of Bengaluru and the Karnataka region said a Supreme Court decision in a water dispute had raised security concerns.

Bengaluru FC said in a statement: "We have had to take an extremely difficult decision of playing Wednesday's quarterfinal at Kanteerava Stadium behind closed doors ... your safety and security will always mean more to us than everything else."

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