ONGC, HAL and Air India excluded from 2011-2012 I-league season.

Posted: April 13, 2011 in Indian Football

The AIFF has finally taken action against the three I-League clubs which failed to meet the club licensing criteria set by the AFC. The three clubs HAL, ONGC and Air India will not be allowed to contest the 2011-2012 season of All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) signature tournaments; the I-League and the I-League IInd Division.

They have been banned as they failed to declare themselves as commercial entities, which was one of the criteria set by pro-league committee of the AFC which is required as the I-League is all set to go fully professional next year. The deadline given was  31st December 2010.

ONGC consider this to be a backward step for Indian football as they have been sponsors of the prestigious Nehru Cup and the national league for a long time now.

Air India and ONGC were already fighting the relegation battle occupying 13th and 14th places respectively whereas HAL are at 10th place.(As of 13th April 2011)

Update: The AFC Ad-Hoc committee for Indian Football has decided to allow the Public Sector Unit (PSU) teams to participate in the next edition of the I-League. An extension of one year has been granted to the concerned clubs. However, these clubs will not be allowed to compete in the AFC Champions League or the AFC Cup if they qualify for the tournaments.

  1. Kilp Barfungpa says:

    The consequence that is given to these 3 teams should stand because they are never going to play in Asia (AFC) matches.
    It should stand so that the other team take things seriously. There is no time for Indian football to keep giving chances and looking over these things. Its time to make the league stronger & provisional. Its time for Indian football to pick up the peaces and start improving.

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