The Indian Professional Football Clubs Association (IPFCA) is firm about a collective decision against releasing contracted players, on loan or otherwise, for participation in the International Management Group-Reliance tournament, planned on the lines of the IPL.
At a meeting here on Wednesday, it was decided that no footballer competing in the IMG-R event would figure in I-League 2013-14.
Players are free to take part in the IMG-R tournament as long as they are not attached to any I-League club. IPFCA also proposes to conduct a tournament during the three-month break in the I-League, when IMG-R will hold its event, to keep players and support staff fit and engaged.
“We have not received any details about players signed up by IMG-R. No communication has come from the All India Football Federation,” said IPFCA secretary Chirag Tanna.
Representatives from Churchill Brothers, Pune FC, East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Dempo, Salgaocar, United SC and Shillong Lajong attended Wednesday’s meeting, apart from new I-League franchises Mumbai Tigers and JSW Bangalore, and promoted teams Mohammedan Sporting and Rangdajied United. Sporting Clube de Goa has expressed support for all decisions though no one from the club was present.
The association spokesperson denied any intention of confrontation with AIFF on the issue of player participation in the IMG-R event.
“We want to have a discussion with the AIFF on this matter and other issues.”
1. I-League format change: want home-and-away model to continue, seek details on how format change will assist development.
2. Hike in I-League participation fee from Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh: prize money should be increased proportionately and clubs informed about utilisation of participation fee.
3. Calendar for the 2013-2014 season not intimated: clubs should be informed of tournament calendar in detail so that preparations may be made accordingly.