Kolkata rivals join hands to oppose AIFF’s structural reforms

A day after the vision document was presented by AIFF to the representatives of the clubs and franchises, the secretaries of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal came together to announce that the two clubs will not accept any suggestion that may have them in separate tiers of the proposed new league structure, which will replace the I-League.

The two clubs announced a tripartite meeting on Saturday involving the sate body – Indian Football Association – to discuss the provisions in the new roadmap transforming the football league structure of the country.   -  PTI

Traditional rivals, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, who have been the fiercest opponents on the field since their rivalry started 96 years ago have come together to put a joint defence against the vision document for a new roadmap of club football presented by All India Football Federation.

A day after the vision document was presented by AIFF to the representatives of the clubs and franchises, the secretaries of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal came together to announce that the two clubs will not accept any suggestion that may have them in separate tiers of the proposed new league structure, which will replace the I-League – the inter-club tournament of the country recognised by FIFA.

The two clubs announced a tripartite meeting on Saturday involving the sate body – Indian Football Association – to discuss the provisions in the new roadmap transforming the football league structure of the country. “Indian football cannot be thought without Mohun Bagan or East Bengal. We are the only clubs in the country with the highest fan base and any move to keep either of the two out of the ISL will be opposed,” said Mohun Bagan secretary Anjan Mitra.

AIFF’s new plan is received with vehement opposition in both the clubs. “We have fulfilled the AFC club licensing criteria and have our place rightfully in the top club league of the country (I-League). If there is any integration both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan have to be there in the top tier of the league. It needs to be seen whether the ISL clubs can fulfill the necessary licensing criteria in the first place,” the East Bengal secretary Kalyan Majumdar said. The two clubs have also said that they will approach the State government, which is the custodian of all the grounds and stadiums, if there is any possible move to demote them.

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