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SBD Global/November 4, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Indian Super League Postponement Leaves Many Players Stranded Without A Club

The postponement of IMG-Reliance’s proposed Indian Super League to September-November '14 "has left in the lurch about 60 Indian footballers who had signed up to be a part of it," according to Ayon Sengupta of THE HINDU. Mohammedan Sporting "had broken out of the Indian Professional Football Clubs Association’s earlier agreement to not sign IMG-R-contracted players and roped in Syed Rahim Nabi, Manish Maithani and Mehrajuddin Wadoo." However, "many more are yet to find a club." I-League CEO Sunanda Dhar "is still not perturbed." He said, "Players from the national squad and Pailan Arrows amount to about 30, and I don’t think they will have a problem finding a club. The rest were never in demand -- no club was eager to sign them before -- and it will be no different now." Dhar’s statement, "while lacking empathy, also puts a question mark on the very quality of the proposed league." IPFCA member and Churchill Brothers CEO Valanka Alemao "accuses IMG-R and AIFF of high-handedness and also questions the legal sanctity of the IPL-styled league." She said, "The AIFF or IMG-R had no clue about what they were doing and bypassed laws and regulations of FIFA and AFC in their hurry. Now they are throwing excuses to get out of the rut" (THE HINDU, 11/1).
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