Mohun Bagan, East Bengal officials to meet AIFF President Praful Patel over ISL stalemate

Kolkata: In a fresh bid to resolve the Indian Super League logjam, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal officials will meet the All India Football Federation president Praful Patel in New Delhi on Saturday.

The meeting has been facilitated by the Bengal governing body IFA secretary Utpal Ganguli.

Mohun Bagan's Sony Norde (L) is tackled by East Bengal's Willis Deon Plaza (C) as Mehtab Hossain looks on during an Indian I-League football match between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal at the Kanchenjungha Stadium in Siliguri on February 12, 2017. The anticipated derby match ended with a drawless 0-0 result. / AFP PHOTO / DIPTENDU DUTTA

File photo of a match between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. AFP

"Before taking a decision (on running both I-League and ISL simultaneously) I requested the AIFF president to meet us," Ganguli said.

"He has given us time on Saturday and both the clubs and I will be there. We hope to put forward our case," he added.

It has been learnt from the AIFF executive committee meeting in Mumbai today that Patel want to run both the leagues for the 2017-18 season as a solution to the prevailing deadlock in Mohun Bagan and East Bengal's induction into ISL and giving it the official top-tier status.

Keen on playing in ISL, the big two clubs, however, have stuck to their demands to waive off the franchise fee of Rs 15 crore.

Updated Date: Jun 09, 2017 09:29 AM

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