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Pressure Rises As IFA Now Launches A Threat to IMG-R And AIFF

Friday, 5 May 2017|Anubhav Roda

Troubles seem to be increasing for IMG-R and the All India Football Federation with each passing day. With clouds still lingering around the newly proposed top tier league of India and the teams that will be a part of it, AIFF and IMG-R have been thrown a new threat by the IFA, governing body of Bengal.

The Football governing body of the state believes if the clubs from Kolkata aren’t given their due, IFA won’t back down and launch a rival league. With doubts remaining over the future, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are set to meet AIFF President Praful Patel in Mumbai on Saturday, 6th May 2017.

Extending support to two of the most historic clubs of India and the biggest in Bengal, the honourable Secretary of the IFA Mr. Utpal Ganguly issued a statement saying, “Commercial aspect is indeed important in the game, but that shouldn’t harm the interest of Bengal football. If the concerned body ignores, we will start a parallel league with the other top teams of Indian football.”

“If required, we can run the organization as an autonomous body. We will speak to the teams of North East and Goa. We will also speak with Atletico de Kolkata if they are interested,” he added, “The AIFF and IMG-R should remember the fact that the IFA was founded way before the AIFF and Bengal football has its own charm in Indian football over the years.”

“It’s not a threat, it’s just the truth you might say. Though I strongly believe The AIFF will be carefully handling the issue and a solution will come out.”

Being firm on his stand, he further said, “If the AIFF show-causes me for this press conference, I am ready to answer that as well.”

The threat came only a couple of days after Aizawl FC had launched their statement on the consequences the body and IMG-R might have to face in case they fail to include them in the top league.

With such statement doing rounds, the AIFF and IMG-R are certainly under the cosh and would need to thoughtfully plan and execute the new top division league, failing which, it might have strong repercussions and Indian football might be in a standstill.