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Police ban water bottles

Calcutta: The pitch invasion by fans after Tuesday’s Tata Federation Cup semi-final between Mohammedan Sporting and Mohun Bagan has forced authorities take some strong decisions.

If what’s said is implemented, Salt Lake Stadium could well do an Eden Gardens. The West Bengal Police said on Wednesday it will take some unprecedented steps, as far as football grounds are concerned.

“We have banned water bottles and other objects, which can be thrown into the ground as missiles. Spectators will have to take their seats by 5.30 pm, half-an-hour before the match starts,” IGP (Law and Order) Chayan Mukherjee said.

Buses for spectators

The IFA is trying to come up with something that will please spectators. Its secretary Subrata Dutta said over 100 buses will be at the stadium to carry spectators home after the match.“These buses will drop spectators at various points in the city,” Dutta said.

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