‘Trademark name issue being sorted out’

October 22, 2014 12:00 am | Updated May 24, 2016 04:21 pm IST - CHENNAI:

Abhishek Bachchan, the co-owner of Chennayin FC in the Indian Super League, said on Tuesday that the legal issue concerning his team’s name would be sorted out.

Chennai FC, a football club in the city, had sent a legal notice to Chennayin FC, asking the latter to desist from using its trademark name. “They raised a concern and approached our legal team. They are handling that.

“That’s not something I have the expertise to get into. It’s an issue that has come to us as owners and we have forwarded it to the legal team, and they are sorting it out. That’s not an issue,” he told The Hindu in an interview.

The actor also spoke of a possible tie-up with the academy supported by Inter Milan in Hosur. “We haven’t got any sort of tie-up with them right now. That is one place I am very keen to do a tie-up with, a European Club. We are in talks with several other clubs too.”

Abhishek said there was a mandate to all the franchises about investing in the grassroots programme. “We have a mandate to bring in at least a 1000 schools under the umbrella of the club to start youth academies and spread football learning across our localised areas.”

He said it would take “three to five years” for the ISL to break even and establish a fan-base. “The ProKabaddi league was a miracle. It’s a sport that’s heavily viewed in rural India.

“Football is not a sport that’s viewed heavily there although it may be played. The main goal of ISL is to have an Indian national squad representing the country in 2026 at the World Cup. For that you need to start today. You need to give a generation a chance to prepare itself.”

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