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Field problems delay India league
Reuters, February 22nd, 2012 12:30PM

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The inaugural season of India’s Premier League Soccer (PLS), featuring World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro, former France international Robert Pires, (and American Santino Quaranta), has been postponed because of a lack of venues.

The six-team competition was slated for a March 24 start in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal but the organizers said they could not secure the stadiums owned by the state government.

“Discussion is on with the state government but even if it is sorted out by the end of this week, we would need time to prepare the fields,” Dharamdutt Pandey, CEO of the event management company which conceived PLS, said.

“These are minor issues and PLS is very much on. We are now targetting a mid-April start for the league. It would require at least one month to upgrade the stadiums to an international standard. So we are now looking at mid-April."

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