The I-League clubs accept Patel's proposal of 2-3 years of the status quo, but reject the ACL space for ISL

New Delhi, July 4 () Six I-League clubs accepted on Thursday the All India Football Federation's proposal to maintain the status quo by continuing the I-League and the Indian Super League for another 2 or 3 years, but rejected the idea that the ISL winners receive the Slot of the AFC Champions League.

AIFF President Praful Patel assured the I-League clubs on Wednesday that he will approach the AFC to ensure the coexistence of the two leagues for another 2-3 years, after a meeting with club representatives. , who threatened to act against the federation. plan to make ISL the top league.

Patel had asked the I-League clubs to respond to their proposals within 24 hours and they did so on Thursday, but they rejected AIFF's suggestion on the crucial issue of who represents India in the play-offs of the AFC Champions League.

In a joint statement issued by Minerva Punjab, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Aizawl FC, Churchill Brothers and Gokulam Kerala, the clubs thanked Patel for listening to their complaints and said they agreed to the transmission and programming plans for next season. of the I-League.

In the spirit of compromise, the I-League clubs are in agreement with the transmission plan and the programming plans for next season, although this is not ideal. The I-League clubs also agree to continue with the two-league system for another 3 years, although they initially demanded immediate resolution with a unified league, the statement said.

However, the clubs are not in favor of giving away their place in the AFC Champions League, deservedly won and until an appropriate plan for the unified league is initiated.

The United I-League clubs insist that the AFC Champions League seat must remain in the I-League, since it is the I-League clubs that have won (over the years) ) AFC posts for India to enjoy today. The AIFF has already done it. awarded the AFC Cup slot to ISL in 2017 and the same arrangement should continue until there is a unified league.

The I-League clubs also presented a 'Roadmap for league soccer in India' of 10 points to the AIFF, which, among others, launched for the formation of a working group with representations of the AIFF clubs. , FSDL, I-League and ISL. to plan the introduction of a unified league that includes I-League and ISL clubs with promotion and descent.

The road map recommended that a tripartite agreement be signed between the AIFF, FSDL and I-League clubs, giving details of the agreement for the next three years to avoid recurrent clashes between the interested parties.

He also recommended the immediate formation of an I-League Committee with representatives of AIFF and I-League clubs with exclusive responsibility for making decisions regarding the I-League, the 2nd Division League and the Youth Leagues. .

The I-League Committee will negotiate and finalize the production house and 50 percent of the total production cost will be borne by FSDL and the remaining 50 percent will be paid by AIFF.

The other recommendations are: I-league to be referred to as National Football League; Champions of the I-League to obtain the slot of the League of Champions of the AFC all the parties of I-League will show live in the channel HD with quality of production improved (configuration of 8 cameras with the mentioned specifications); I-League matches will start at 5 pm and 7 pm (for places that are not reflective, start times will be at 2 pm/3 pm). The I-League clubs said that the roadmap must be approved by the AIFF Executive Committee and must be announced simultaneously, with all the details, including the current state of the I-League and the ISL, and also the future plan. PDS AH