Coronavirus Outbreak: Remaining I-League matches to be cancelled, Mohun Bagan champions, panel recommends to AIFF

The remaining 28 matches of the I-League will be cancelled due to the coronavirus-forced lockdown and Mohun Bagan will be officially declared as the champions, the committee running the league decided

FP Sports April 18, 2020 19:22:38 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Remaining I-League matches to be cancelled, Mohun Bagan champions, panel recommends to AIFF

New Delhi: The remaining 28 matches of the I-League will be cancelled due to the coronavirus-forced lockdown and Mohun Bagan will be officially declared as the champions, the committee running the league decided on Saturday.

Coronavirus Outbreak Remaining ILeague matches to be cancelled Mohun Bagan champions panel recommends to AIFF

Mohun Bagan led by 16 points when the league was halted. AIFF

The I-League panel, which met via a video conference, made the recommendation to the All India Football Federation's executive committee not to resume the I-League in view of the nationwide lockdown, which will remain in force till 3 May.

It will now just be a formality for the AIFF executive committee to endorse the recommendation of the I-League committee.

"The committee recommended that the 2019-20 season be deemed to be concluded. That Mohun Bagan be declared as the Hero I-League champion for the 2019-20 season as they stand atop current standings in the Hero I-League until the point of suspension on March 14, 2020," the AIFF said in a statement.

The panel also suggested that the remaining prize money, except that earmarked for the champions, be distributed equally among the remaining 10 clubs.

Additionally, it was recommended that there be no relegation from the I-League for the season. If the proposal is fully accepted, Indian Arrows will stay up in the first division.

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(With inputs from PTI)

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