Eight I-League clubs pull out of Super Cup: Report

A majority of the I-League clubs are up in arms against the All India Football Federation. After not being heard in spite of repeated requests for the meeting, the clubs have finally decided to revolt. According to reports, at least eight I-League clubs have agreed to withdraw from the Super Cup, to be played in Bhubaneswar later this month.

The prestigious knockout competition is played between the I-League and the Indian Super League clubs. The I-League clubs have reportedly pulled out in frustration over abject apathy of the AIFF.

The clubs had written to the AIFF president Praful Patel for a meeting. However, as reported by Insidesport.co earlier, the letter was not even acknowledged by the governing body of football. The I-League clubs, at least eight of them, have agreed among themselves to opt out of the Super League.

Last year’s champions Minerva Punjab have confirmed to pull out of the Super Cup over AIFF’s “unfair treatment” to the I-League clubs. Champions Chennai City FC, East Bengal, Churchill Brothers, Aizawl FC, Gokulam Kerala, and Neroca FC are reported to be non-committal on the matter. It is reported that Mohun Bagan too might opt out of the competition soon.

Earlier, Aizawl FC, Chennai City, Churchill Brothers, Gokulam Kerala, Minerva Punjab, Mohun Bagan, Neroca and East Bengal had jointly sought a meeting with the AIFF president to discuss the threat of the premier league status being denied to I-League in favour of the Indian Super League.

They alleged “interference” of AIFF’s marketing partners Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) in the decision-making in Indian football.

The three clubs which did not join were debutants Real Kashmir, Shillong Lajong, owned by AIFF Vice President Larsing Ming Sawyan, and Indian Arrows, the AIFF’s developmental team.

The Super Cup qualification round is scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Bhubaneswar. The main round is scheduled to start on March 29.

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