I-League 2017-18: Chennai City FC request AIFF to grant them immunity from relegation this season

New Delhi: Locked in a battle with Churchill Brothers to avoid relegation from the I-League, Chennai City FC have asked the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to grant them immunity this season.

A stunning 2-1 win over leaders Minerva Punjab on Friday helped Chennai City FC breathe easy, days after being at the receiving end of a 7-1 drubbing by another title contenders East Bengal.

File image of Chennai City FC team. Image courtesy: Twitter @ChennaiCityFC

File image of Chennai City FC team. Image courtesy: Twitter @ChennaiCityFC

Chennai City have already finished their league engagements with 19 points from 18 matches, while Churchill Brothers have 17 points from as many outings.

With Churchill visiting Minerva Punjab for their last game on March 8, Chennai are confident of escaping relegation.

"We spoke to them (AIFF) about relegation long back. The AIFF said they will speak to me after the league is over. No final decision has been taken till now," Chennai City owner Rohit Ramesh told PTI.

Chennai City and Churchill Brothers are currently placed eighth and ninth in the league table. Gokulam Kerala (7th) and Indian Arrows (10th) are exempted from relegation.

The Goa-based Churchill Brothers will need to secure a win in the last match against Minerva Punjab to save them from relegation. If they manage to bag full three points, Churchill will finish the league with 20 points to Chennai City's 19.

However, a Chennai City official is confident that they would scrape through.

"Though they lost to us in the last game Minerva Punjab are a very dangerous side at home and Churchill Brothers will not have it easy against them. Let's wait till the last day of league and then only can we talk about relegation and all, which is completely AIFF's decision," the official said.

If East Bengal manage to get six points from their last two games, then they will also finish on 35 points but win the title owing to a better head-to-head record against Minerva.

Published Date: Mar 05, 2018 15:09 PM | Updated Date: Mar 05, 2018 15:09 PM

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