I-League clubs fight for future

Eight I-League clubs have written to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel to discuss the future of I-League and the future of the clubs playing in it.

Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Chennai City FC, Churchill Brothers, defending champions Minerva Punjab FC, Neroca FC, Aizawl FC and Gokulam Kerala FC have all jointly written to the AIFF.

“Recent news reports suggest that this could be the last season of the I-League, with the ISL all set to be branded the top league of the country,” the clubs wrote in the letter.
“Shutdown of the I-League will lead to unfathomable losses not just for I-League clubs but for the entire Indian football ecosystem. As important stakeholders of Indian football, we deserve to be heard so that an amicable and long-term solution without robbing anyone of their livelihood or rightfully deserved spot in the top league of the country.”

Merger of the I-League and Indian Super League, “interference of ISL promoters FSDL (Football Sports Development Limited) in Indian football” and a report prepared by AFC on merger between the leagues are some of the issues the clubs are concerned about.

Compiled by Akshara Srivastava, with inputs from The Hindu and the Indian Express