I-League 2019: Goa CM Pramod Sawant writes letter to PMO seeking intervention to save Churchill Brothers and Indian football

The Goa CM has called the PMO's attention to the crisis facing Indian football with the AIFF determined to give ISL the status of the top football league

Press Trust of India July 16, 2019 16:14:40 IST
I-League 2019: Goa CM Pramod Sawant writes letter to PMO seeking intervention to save Churchill Brothers and Indian football
  • Six I-League clubs had written letter to the PMO asking him to set up an inquiry commission to look into the functioning of the AIFF

  • Now Goa CM Pramod Sawant has backed that plea in his letter to the PM requesting him to intervene and save Indian football

  • The Churchill Brothers CEO had added, 'The ISL is a commercial championship without a system of promotion and relegation as required by FIFA statutes'

Margao: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday requested the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to intervene and help the state's popular club, Churchill Brothers, in overcoming the crisis currently facing Indian football.

Sawant's action followed his meeting with Churchill Brothers president Churchill Alemao and CEO Valanka Alemao.

ILeague 2019 Goa CM Pramod Sawant writes letter to PMO seeking intervention to save Churchill Brothers and Indian football

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. Twitter @ANI

Supporting the club's plea, the chief minister, in a letter to the PMO, wrote, "Football is a sport that singularly connects every Goan and invokes a sense of passion. Goa has given illustrious football legends to the Indian sports arena. I request the Prime Minister to consider examining the matter put forward by Churchill Bros FC, which is one of the premier clubs in the state of Goa."

Valanka said, "As of now, we are the torch-bearers of Goan football in the National League and as such we must continue enjoying the pride of place especially for the sake of Goan players. The I-League has been the top division league in the country and the status needs to be maintained at all costs. Even the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and FIFA have acknowledged this fact."

In a letter signed by Swapan Sadhan Bose, managing director of Mohun Bagan, the I-League clubs had urged the prime minister to "intervene and save the sport."

The Churchill Brothers CEO added, "The ISL is a commercial championship without a system of promotion and relegation as required by FIFA statutes under its Sporting Merit clause. It is more like the IPL in cricket, a closed-league, there being no culture of Indian football. There is no legacy."

"The AIFF is dependent on the finances to sustain itself and as such it entered into a Masters Right Agreement (MRA) in 2010 with IMG-R which affects the rights of the I-League clubs as it has been contemplated in the agreement that the ISL would be made the senior-most league in preference to I-League which would eventually be displaced to the ordinary or no status at all," the club's CEO Valanka Alemao had added in the letter.

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