The planned meeting between Indian Professional Football Clubs Association (IPFCA) and International Management Group-Reliance (IMG-R), following an initiative from the All-India Football Federation (AIFF), stands postponed to an indefinite date.
It is learnt that the AIFF general secretary, Kushal Das, told IPFCA president Raj Gomes about IMG-R’s move to defer Wednesday’s meeting.
The major issue is availability of I-League players for an IPL-style franchise-based event, conducted by IMG-R, which was appointed as the federation’s marketing partner.
IMG-R wants to present the blueprint on the new event at the AIFF executive committee meeting scheduled for August 1, before any interaction with the IPFCA.
The new tournament was supposed to be held in January and February 2014, when the I-League was supposed to be halted.
The clubs body had taken a collective decision not to release contracted I-League players attached to different clubs for the new tournament, in the absence of any communication from event organiser IMG-R or AIFF about the modalities of the new tournament.
Das had attempted to initiate discussion between its marketing partner and the clubs body. IPFCA was ready for talks with IMG-R representatives in Mumbai on Wednesday and announced a six-member panel for the meeting, which now is not happening as scheduled.