India’s right-wing party Shiv Sena has threatened the country’s sports channel, Star Sports, to remove Pakistani Kabaddi players from the pro-Kabaddi league before upcoming matches.
Ashish Chemburkar, Shiv Sena leader, warned the channel that his party will not allow Kabaddi matches to be held in Maharashtra state if Pakistani players are allowed to participate in the tournament.
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"Yes we have told Star Sports clearly that we won't allow the tournament to go ahead unless Pakistani players are excluded from the tournament. While our jawans are being killed by Pakistanis how can we allow them to play," questioned Chemburkar.
The Shiv Sena leader said the management of Star Sports had informed his party that since Pakistani players were not in a contract with any Mumbai franchise, therefore, there should not be any objection to them not being included in the tournament.
“We have clearly told them that we don't care which team has picked the Pakistani players, we will not allow them to play,” clarified Chemburkar.
The Pro-Kabaddi league is being aired Star Sports starting from July 18.
Further, the Sena’s leader said that they have warned Star Sports of a 'Sena style protest' but said that they would wait till July 18 to see what action the channel takes.
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This article originally appeared on The Economic Times