Remove Pakistani players from Kabaddi teams, Shiv Sena tells Star Sports

Party leader says it won't allow Kabaddi matches to be played in Maharashtra till Pakistani players are excluded


Sports Desk July 17, 2015
PHOTO: AFP

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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Earlier this week, following threats by Indian nationalist party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), distributor B4U Films decided to not screen Pakistani movie Bin Roye in the state of Maharashtra.

This article originally appeared on The Economic Times

COMMENTS (13)

ravi | 5 years ago | Reply @Adil Uddin: For Shiv Sena, opposing pakistani players is a low hanging fruit to further its agenda and keep its flock in place. It helps them consolidate its vote bank and no one opposes this posturing. Its all political and has nothing to do with pakistan or its citizens.
ask | 5 years ago | Reply And on another note, Shiv Sena & MNS will create enough trouble in Mumbai for all those not under their "paid protection". They will ensure all major multi-national corporate entities, business houses and bourses are moved to Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, Gandhinagar, aka GIFT city.. Wonder how much were SS/MNS 'gifted' for doing that!
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