The All India Football Federation has introduced a new amendment in the I-League stating that a team cannot bring in the fourth foreigner in a match if one of the three foreigners allowed to take the field has been shown a red card.
The new regulation surprisingly came to light a couple of days after the start of the tournament, when the national body sent a letter to Prayag United SC on Monday. The receipt of the letter was confirmed by the club.
What has bemused Prayag is the timing of the circular. Prayag saw its Nigerian defender Bello Rasaq sent off in its 5-1 win against Air India on Sunday and could have easily used another foreigner, who was there in the list of substitutes, as a replacement.
According to a senior I-League functionary, this regulation was applied belatedly on the behest of the Asian Football Confederation and would apply to every club in the tournament now onwards. — Principal Correspondent