New Delhi: The uncertainty over the future roadmap of Indian soccer does not appear to be it’s going to get resolved each time soon. On Wednesday, All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel met with the aggrieved I-League golf equipment in New Delhi to talk about the controversy approximately Indian Super League (ISL) getting the top-department reputation and the future of the I-League and its golf equipment.
Not a lot is thought approximately the distinct dialogue that occurred within the assembly. However, AIFF president Patel said to the media that he could be looking for three extra years of parallel-running league structure with Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to arrive at a solution.
The I-League clubs, however, have requested for a 24-hour window to get lower back to AIFF about the “proposals” made inside the meeting and only after discussing with their control, can be arrived at a conclusive idea.
“There has been plenty of uncertainty around. Unfortunately, this started because in between there had been many months of election season and I was also a candidate for the FIFA council, and there some problems cropped up. All I can say is that we have continually stated the I-League clubs as lengthy-standing, golf equipment like Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have an extended history of Indian soccer. Other clubs have additionally begun contributing plenty to Indian soccer. So nobody wants to undermine and say that I-League clubs do not have a fantastic destiny. We also need the I-League clubs to have a remarkable fortune.
“There are troubles that you are aware of, and there’s no need to repeat them, but ISL additionally has come and redefined Indian football by the type of exposure it has got. We have concerned approximately all stakeholders in Indian football. We want gamers to do nicely and receives a commission nicely. Ultimately, the countrywide crew additionally has to do well. All those problems are a part of the universal development of football. Therefore, we had a meaningful assembly these days. They had their worries, and I recognise their worries. While the I-League is going on, they have got scheduling issues, broadcast troubles, all these items have to take delivery of their proper solution and must be resolved. I have given them that warranty,” Patel advised the media.
I-League golf equipment was additionally appreciative of the reality that Patel patiently heard their grievances and sooner or later, gave them his time. I-League clubs have been looking for an assembly with the AIFF president because of mid-February.
Mohun Bagan senior respectable Debashish Dutta stated the I-League golf equipment felt that Patel changed into now not wholly aware about their scenario and that they could eventually place their troubles in the front of him.
“Regarding the future of I-League golf equipment, the destiny of Indian soccer and ISL, we mentioned plenty, and he also came out with certain factors. We are handiest six clubs here; we are not speaking about the others. What we said inside the assembly later became that we can pass again to our control and speak these problems as it isn’t always small,” Dutta stated on behalf of the I-League clubs.
AIFF president, however, stated that he might be looking forward to the I-League clubs to get back to him with “positivity” and then he can take his concept ahead.
“I do not need the I-League to be packed up the next day; it should preserve. But ultimately, there needs to be a roadmap of Indian soccer; two leagues cannot pass on permanently. AFC will also no longer permit it forever; we had been seeking to get to an answer due to the fact there’s a historical difficulty with Indian football. Within that framework, an affordable 2-three years ought to receive to I-League to additionally maintain. I can’t come up with any guarantee on that yet due to the fact I have to speak to AFC, and they need to comply with what I’m saying.