Dempo FC pulls out from I-League

Dempo FC, the five-time champion, has pulled out of the I-League in protest against the proposal that relegates I-League to serve as the second division league in Indian football.

With the deadline for submitting the participation agreement ending on Wednesday, Dempo wrote to the AIFF that it has pulled out from the I-League.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

Dempo FC has pulled out from the I-League for the upcoming season in protest against the proposed roadmap by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to restructure domestic football, dealing another body blow to the sport in India.

Earlier, Salgaocar FC and Sporting Dempo FC pulled out from the league.

All the three Goan club owners - Shivanand Salgaocar, Shrinivas Dempo and Peter Vaz, had taken a united stand on 23rd June, 2016 to oppose the restructuring that makes the Indian Super League (ISL) a top-tier league and relegates I-League to the second division or ‘League One’ as it will be called.

With the deadline for submitting the participation agreement ending on Wednesday, Dempo wrote to the AIFF that it too has pulled out from the I-League.

Dempo’s pull-out leaves the AIFF with a major headache as the I-League now has only seven clubs - East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Bengaluru FC, DSK Shivajians, Mumbai FC, Shillong Lajong and Aizawl FC, which was reinstated after being relegated last season.

Dempo FC is having an emergency meeting to decide its future course of action.

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