AIFF to take call on league merger after getting AFC report

A report on Thursday claimed that a two-member committee appointed by FIFA and AFC has proposed an Asian ban on Indian clubs, should the AIFF be unable to implement a unified league structure from 2019-20.

AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said the AIFF Executive Committee will take a call after it receives the final report from AFC. (File photo)   -  AFP

All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) general secretary, Kushal Das, has stated there is enough time to merge the Indian Super League and the I-League once the AIFF receives a detailed report from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

A report on Thursday claimed that a two-member committee appointed by FIFA and AFC has proposed an Asian ban on Indian clubs, should AIFF be unable to implement a unified league structure from 2019-20.

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Commenting on the matter, Das said, “When all these issues about ISL and I-League, which will be the top league happened, we requested the AFC to help us in creating a roadmap. AFC agreed to send their consultants to discuss with the stakeholders and will come up with an official report.

“I have not got any official report from AFC at all. These (what is being reported in the media) apparently could be recommendations, suggestions or discussion papers done by the consultants, who were appointed by FIFA and AFC to do this project.”

Das said the AIFF Executive Committee will take a call after it receives the final report from AFC. “But till the official final report from the AFC is presented to the AIFF executive committee, no other report has sanctity. A final decision on this issue will only be taken by the AIFF Executive Committee and not by anybody else. The Indian football season is not yet finished. We have enough time to take a decision once the season is over.”

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