Blasters may not leave Kochi as Govt intervenes in issue
Kochi: The state government will intervene to sort out the issues concerning Kerala Blasters management after it was reported that Blasters were planning to shift base from Kochi. The management had informed the Chief Minister about the issue. The government is taking the issue seriously.
The Chief Minister’s office has informed that Blasters will not have to move out of Kochi. Reports also suggest that the Chief Minister has asked the sports minister EP Jayarajan to intervene in the issue and take suitable action. A committee might also be formed to find a solution. The sports minister’s office has informed that they have contacted the offices of GCCA, KFA and city corporation.
Mathrubhumi had reported earlier that Kerala Blasters management was mulling to shift its home base from Kochi due to lack of cooperation from the authorities at various levels. Kochi Tuskers Kerala, which was Kerala’s IPL team, also had to face similar plight at the hands of various authorities. Following the report in Mathrubhumi, a huge controversy brewed up on social media. It was in this context that sports minister EP Jayarajan shared a Facebook post on Monday saying that government will enable Kerala Blasters to remain in Kochi.
Kerala Blasters is the team with the largest fan base in Indian Super League. The team had accused various local authorities of not cooperating with the team management in issuing complimentary tickets. Earlier ISL teams from Delhi and Pune had shifted their bases to Odisha and Hyderabad respectively for different reasons. Mathrubhumi had reported that Blasters were also contemplating such a move.
Although Kochi Mayor said that the corporation would charge entertainment tax from the team, the government’s intervention is likely to come before that. The management has expressed happiness in the government’s intervention.