Delhi Dynamos not happy with “inept handling” of Super Cup organisers

Delhi Dynamos reached the quarterfinals of Super Cup after the club was handed a walkover for the second time.

Mridul Banerjee

Dynamos head coach Mridul Banerjee at the pre-match press conference ahead of its match against East Bengal.   -  AIFF MEDIA

Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos on Sunday took a swipe at the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and others involved in the organisation of the Super Cup tournament after the club was handed a walkover for the second time.

The Delhi-based side reached the quarterfinals of the country’s premier knock-out tournament on Saturday after East Bengal did not turn up for the round-of-16 match in Bhubaneswar.

Earlier on March 16, Delhi Dynamos was handed a walkover after I-League side Gokulam Kerala did not turn up for the qualifying round match.

“Owing to the inept handling of the situation by all concerned, Delhi Dynamos have had to travel to Bhubaneswar for the second time and get a walkover in the ongoing Super Cup. @eastbengalfc failed to show up for their clash,” the club tweeted.

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The tweet did not mention the AIFF but it was clear whom it was directed to.

An alliance of I-League clubs had demanded a meeting with the AIFF president Praful Patel before the start of the qualifying round to address their grievances ahead of the impending domestic restructuring.

Former I-League champion Minerva Punjab FC and Aizawl FC as well as Gokulam Kerala did not turn up for their Super Cup qualifying round matches as the clubs did not get any response from the AIFF.

The federation later accepted the demand of the clubs to have a meeting with Patel but by that time the qualifying round was over. The clubs demanded to reschedule the qualifying round matches, which the AIFF refused to do.

East Bengal pulled out of its Round-of-16 match against Delhi Dynamos to show solidarity with the revolting I-League clubs while Mohun Bagan did not register for the tournament.

But newly crowned I-League champion Chennai City FC broke away from the alliance and played against ISL side FC Pune City on Sunday. Real Kashmir FC, which finished third in its I-League debut season, will also play against ATK in its Round-of-16 match on Monday.

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