AIFF recommends ISL for the AFC Champions League slot, it practically gives a green signal as the best league

New Delhi, July 9 () The All-India Football Federation decided to recommend the winners of the Indian Super League to participate in the AFC Champions League qualifiers, practically according to ISL the state of the competition of the country's top level.

The AIFF executive committee, which met here, will recommend to the Asian Football Confederation that it positively consider its request to award the winning ISL team the ACL rating slot.

The winning team of the I-League, the top-level official competition to date, has been playing so far in the qualifying round of the ACL, the competition of top-level Asian clubs. I-League champion 2017-18 Minerva Punjab FC played in the qualifying round of ACL this year.

Normally, world-class continental slots are awarded to the clubs that play in the leagues of the national first division.

Under the 'Manual of entry for the competitions of clubs of the AFC for 2017-2020', the slots ACL distribute between the equipment of the member countries of Asia that play in their respective leagues of national division.

In light of MRA, as well as the fact that in the last 5 years, the entire national team is being signed/playing for ISL clubs, and the television audience and audience of Inadia have grown much more substantially with respect to I La League and ISL clubs meet all of the AFC Club Licensing criteria, including popular grassroots and youth development programs that have also been certified by the AFC, the AIFF Executive Committee recommends that AFC consider positively his request, said the AIFF in a statement.

The MRA was signed in 2010 between AIFF and Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), which manages the ISL. FSDL is a subsidiary of AIFF's business partners, IMG-Reliance.

The ACL slots has been the cause of the discord between the AIFF and six clubs from the I-League, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Minerva Punjab, Churchill Brothers, Aizwal FC and Gokulam Kerala, who had said to give the winners of the ISL degrade the I-League to the second level competition.

They have also pointed out that ISL is a closed league without promotion or degradation, as is the case anywhere in the world.

In a meeting with these six I-League clubs on July 3, AIFF President Praful Patel said he will approach the AFC to ensure that the status quo is maintained and that the league continues to coexist for others. 2-3 years

The six I-League clubs accepted AIFF's proposal to maintain the status quo, but rejected the idea that the ISL winners would receive the ACL slot.

The matter even reached the doors of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the six clubs of the I-League asked him to form a commission of inquiry and investigate the operation of the AIFF.

In response to AIFF's decision to recommend ISL for the ACL slot, Minerva owner Ranjit Bajaj said the clubs will go to court.

Let's go to court, he said.

This is a dark day for #IndianFootball #IleagueMurdered. Therefore, the FSDL is formed by RELIANCE to 'develop' football. INDIA has finally managed to assassinate @ILeagueOfficial by turning it into the second tier league (in addition to 27 clubs closed due to the lack of AIFF). The way to enter ISL-15 million years per year/sports merit will be condemned, he wrote.

Prior to the July 3 meeting, the six clubs had also said they would go to court if the I-League is demoted to second-tier competition.

The AIFF, however, seemed to be giving some room for negotiation, as it said it would request the AFC to send a delegation to India to discuss the football crisis.

In addition, given that the issues of the I-League, the I-League clubs and the future road map of Indian football, including a unified League, are important issues that must be resolved within a certain time frame, the AIFF requests the AFC that sends a high level message. The delegation headed by Dato Windsor John, Secretary General of AFC as soon as possible to discuss this issue with all stakeholders of Indian Football, including our business partners FSDL, to reach a just solution, said the AIFF.

The AIFF said the clubs had taken a contrary stance, from the one taken on July 3, in the letter written to the Prime Minister.

At the meeting ... held on July 3 ... some general proposals were discussed, and the AIFF and the I-League clubs issued a joint statement. These friendly discussions were presented to the AFC Executive Committee for later consideration. .

However, on July 8, 2019, the clubs through a letter sent to the media adopted a contrary stance that is not in the spirit with which the president of the AIFF had met with the clubs. As a result, we have asked the AFC to find a possible solution, said the AIFF statement. It was learned that the AIFF was not happy with the way things developed after the July 3 meeting, especially the clubs that wrote to the prime minister. However, officially, the federation's position was that anyone can write to the prime minister, since India is a vibrant democracy. PDS PDS AH AH

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